I Saw You There – Ignatian Spirituality

Editor’s notice: Throughout July, we’re internet hosting 31 Days with St. Ignatius, a month-lengthy celebration of Ignatian spirituality. In addition to the calendar of Ignatian articles discovered right here, posts on dotMagis this month will discover the Ignatian Year theme, “To see all things new in Christ.”

I had all the time heard that going by the Spiritual Exercises can be each life-giving and life-altering. I heard that it will change how I seen myself and the world in methods I couldn’t count on. Over years of participating with and learning Ignatian spirituality, I noticed how the Exercises modified others, however I couldn’t fairly grasp what they might do for me till I lastly spent the time praying them myself this previous yr.

Shortly after I completed, I was having a dialog with a buddy about discernment and life objectives and feeling an inside name to one thing extra. I was each excited and nervous about all I was feeling. My buddy listened for some time after which interjected, “You just finished the Exercises, didn’t you?”

“Yes, why?” I replied.

“You can always tell when someone is post-Exercises. There is a light in their eyes through which shines the newly awakened deepest desires of their heart.”

It seems the rumors are true: the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius are each life-giving and life-altering. At least, they had been for me. Even although I’m nonetheless in a strategy of discernment, and I would not have all the things found out, I have a brand new understanding of how and to what God calls me.

Recently, I wrote a prayer about how the Exercises taught me to see issues anew in Christ. I hope it should give a glimpse, not solely of how the Exercises modified me, however of what change is feasible once we give time to stroll with Christ in his story.

When I was youthful,
I believed
that the journey
from right here
to Heaven
was meant to be
DIFFICULT.

There had been obstacles
to beat,
sacrifices to make,
unhappiness and struggling
to endure.

I believed
that the one method
to glorify You
was to sacrifice
myself.

But then as an grownup,
I took the time
to journey with You
to the Cross.

I noticed You there,
taking a look at me,
inviting me to
see and consider
that the Sacrifice
was full.

I noticed You there,
taking a look at me,
inviting me to
hear and internalize
Your very phrases:
“It is finished,”
and dwell within the pleasure
of the Resurrection.

I noticed You there,
inviting me
to examine this life
in a brand new method,
residing joyfully with You,
by You,
to You.

Now I consider
that the journey
from right here
to Heaven
is supposed to be
LIFE-GIVING.

There are nonetheless obstacles
to beat,
sacrifices to make,
unhappiness and struggling
to endure.

But NONE of that
comes from You.

Now I consider
that the one method
to glorify you
is to be
myself.

Now I consider
the highway to You
is paved
with mild
and pleasure
and love
and happiness.

May I by no means overlook.

Today in 31 Days with St. Ignatius, get pleasure from Darth Vader and the First Week of the Spiritual Exercises by Eric A. Clayton. Then use the hashtag #31DayswithIgnatius in your favourite social media to share your expertise with the Spiritual Exercises.

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