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Friday, August 21, 2009

Sp.Exx.: The Principle and Foundation

The goal of our life is to live with God forever.
God, who loves us, gave us life.
Our own response of low allows God’s life to flow into us without limit.

All the things in this world are gifts of God,
presented to us so that we can know God more easily
and make a return of love more readily.

As a result, we appreciate and used all these gifts of God
insofar as they help us develop as loving persons.
but if any of these gifts become the center of our lives,
they displace God and so hinder growth toward our goal.

In everyday life, then, we must hold ourselves in balance
before all these created gifts insofar as we have a choice
and are not bound by some obligation.
We should not fix our desires on health or sickness,
wealth or poverty, success or failure, a long life or a short one.
For everything has the potential of calling forth is us
a deeper response to our life in God.

Our only desire and our one choice should be this:
I want and I choose what better leads to God’s deepening life in me.

St. Ignatius as paraphrased by David L. Fleming, S.J.

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