St Ignatius & Discernment

"This ultimately is what discernment is about: allowing oneself to be taken by God, allowing God to act through oneself in every event of history." Xavier Melloni, The Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola in the Western Tradition, p 50.31 July is the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola. One of St Ignatius’ great contributions to the western spiritual tradition is his understanding of discernment. Ignatius believed that by paying attention to our interior movements of consolation and desolation we can align our hearts and wills more closely to those of God. Discovering the heart of God in our hearts and in our world, we can become instruments of God’s love, making it known in human history. Our action for a more just and peaceful world is the fruit of discernment. We read the movement of God’s spirit in our inner world and in the signs of the times.

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