God’s Magnanimous Love and the Suscipe

When I first found Ignatian spirituality greater than 15 years in the past, I got here to it with a deeply rooted perception that what God needed from me wouldn’t essentially be what I needed for myself. I don’t know the way this perception received planted into my thoughts and coronary heart, nevertheless it was there, and it was not budging. I believed God needed me to serve others. I believed God needed me to place others first. But I additionally believed that in doing so, I needed to put my very own desires and needs final.

One of the first Ignatian prayers that I heard confirmed all this for me: the Suscipe. When I first heard this prayer, I heard an entire providing of St. Ignatius and his life to God. After all, it’s current in the very first line: “Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess.” To me, stepping newly into Ignatian spirituality, this prayer confirmed what I believed: My complete life is to be an providing, even when that providing doesn’t make me comfortable.

It took time for me to appreciate that the Suscipe was a prayer that got here at the finish of the Spiritual Exercises for a cause. This providing of our lives in service to God and others was not Ignatius’s start line. Instead, he began by fostering a perception that we’re liked by God it doesn’t matter what. He began with an acknowledgement that this love supplied to us by God is so magnanimous that it implies that God by no means desires us to undergo (though, as imperfect people surrounded by different imperfect people, we frequently do). God’s love is so magnanimous that God vegetation inside every of us deep needs and then works laborious to offer us all we have to pursue them on this life.

Only then, fortified by this magnanimous love of God, does the Suscipe make sense. Only after the concept that we’re liked, cherished, and gifted with our deepest needs takes root in us, can the need to like God simply as magnanimously start to develop. Only after we settle for the concept that God does need us to pursue happiness and comfort on this life, can the need to assist others do the similar flourish.

Lord, I thanks
for planting inside me
the deep need
to be inventive.

It took me years
to know,
no, to imagine,
that my deepest needs
got here from you.

Once I did,
what you planted
grew and flourished
and nourished my life.

Now, alive with the reward
of your magnanimous love,
assist me provide
the mild,
the water,
the nourishment wanted
in order that what
you planted in others
could develop and flourish
and set the world aflame.

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