Among the Saints… Ignatius of Loyola, July 31

God speaks in our hearts and in the world around us.  God has a clear voice and a compelling message.  Believe it or not, one of the ways we hear God is by noticing our feelings.  This can take practice, and in fact is a lifelong process.

Ignatius of Loyola, through The Spiritual Exercises, gives a blessing from God on learning to listen and to make choices.

Here’s a favorite quote, followed by a short video on listening.

 

FIRST PRINCIPLE AND FOUNDATION

Man is created to praise, reverence, and serve God our Lord, and by this means to save his soul.

And the other things on the face of the earth are created for man and that they may help him in prosecuting the end for which he is created.

From this it follows that man is to use them as much as they help him on to his end, and ought to rid himself of them so far as they hinder him as to it.

For this it is necessary to make ourselves indifferent to all created things in all that is allowed to the choice of our free will and is not prohibited to it; so that, on our part, we want not health rather than sickness, riches rather than poverty, honor rather than dishonor, long rather than short life, and so in all the rest; desiring and choosing only what is most conducive for us to the end for which we are created.

from The Spiritual Exercises, by Ignatius of Loyola

 

Click here for a short video on learning to listen, along with some background on Ignatius’s life.  It runs 2 minutes.

 

To find out more, ask me about The Spiritual Exercises.

 

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