Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Goal of Our Life

The Goal of our life is to live with God forever.God, who loves us, gave us life.
Our own response of love allows God's life
to flow into us without limit.
All the things in this world are gifts from 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 use all these gifts of God
Insofar as they help us to develop as loving persons.

But if any of these gifts become the center of our lives,
They displace God
And so hinder our growth toward our goal.

In everyday life, then, we must hold ourselves in balance
Before all of 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 in 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 his life in me.

Reflection prior to St. Ignatius Spiritual Exercises

1 comment:

Maria said...

I have just fallen in love w/ St. Ignatius. Isn't it remakable the way a single man was chosen to chnage the world? I am discovering God in ways I could not have imagined in the Spiritual Exercises. Still, he changes the world--my small little world.