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"Remember, I am with you always to the end of the age" (Mt 28:20)

†IGNATIAN PRAYER

Saint Ignatius hoped, in writing the Spiritual Exercises (SE), to leave the way open to the action of the Spirit in preparing men and women, who have been called by the same Spirit, to receive "God's most holy gifts." There is no prayer if it is not moved by the Spirit which alone fills and satisfies human desires to be lifted up to God. Without the Spirit, not only is one indisposed but the act of prayer, i.e., prayer as a relationship, is not bound to happen. Prayer is a constant daily invitation in desiring to relate to God, who first desires and longs for us more than we desire and long for Him. We have been given all the tools to recognize His presence through loving remembrance. We are always already giving and responding to God's invitation through our many daily free choices and desires. If we were to choose the best to give to God that would be our human freedom and service in loving God, full of gratitude and joy, for His unfailing love.
I. In July 1521, a 30-year-old Basque knight, named Iñigo was brought home to recuperate after his cannonball experience in the battle of Pamplona—his watershed moment. The wounds on his lower limbs led to the first long lockdown in his life, about nine months, during which he read a life of Christ and a book on the lives of the saints, the only reading matter the Loyola castle afforded. He also killed time by recalling tales of martial valor and by day-dreaming about a great lady who captured his heart. Later when he was out of mortal danger, his attention was centered on the saints. This profoundly moved and attracted him that soon after he had barely recovered he resolved to do something about his many sins. To fulfill this he must embark on a journey towards conversion. He followed the holy austerities of the saints, e.g. Francis of Assisi and Dominic, that God sent as his first spiritual guides in his lifelong task towards holiness.
II. "That mission has its fullest meaning in Christ, and can only be understood through him. At its core, holiness is experiencing in union with Christ, the mysteries of his life… The contemplation of these mysteries, as St Ignatius of Loyola pointed out, leads us to incarnate them in our choices and attitudes" (Gaudete et Exsultate— Rejoice and Be Glad, 20).

St Ignatius of Loyola by Peter Paul Rubens c. 1622
III. "This spiritual poverty is closely linked to what St Ignatius of Loyola calls 'holy indifference', which brings us to a radiant interior freedom: 'We need to train ourselves to be indifferent to our attitude to all created things, in all that is permitted to our free will and not forbidden’ so that on our part, we do not set our hearts on good health rather than bad, riches rather than poverty, honour rather than dishonour, a long life rather than a short one, and so in all the rest" (Gaudete et Exsultate— Rejoice and Be Glad, 69).