From the Pastor

Ever have to make an important decision? St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, gives some great advice. He gives a little prelude for making a choice I’d like to share.

In every good choice, as far as depends on us, the eye of our intention ought to be simple, only looking at what we are created for, namely, the praise of God our Lord and the salvation of our soul. And so I ought to choose whatever I do, that it may help me for the end for which I am created, not ordering or bringing the end to the means, but the means to the end: as it happens that many choose first to marry – which is a means – and secondarily to serve God our Lord in the married life – which service of God is the end. So, too, there are others who first want to have comfortable lives, and then to serve God in them. So that those do not go straight to God, but want God to come straight to their disordered tendencies, and consequently they make a means of the end, and an end of the means. So that what they had to take first, they take last; because first we have to set as our aim the wanting to serve God, – which is the end, – and secondarily, to take a good job, or to marry, if it is more suitable to us, – which is the means for the end. So, nothing ought to move me to take such means or to deprive myself of them, except only the service and praise of God our Lord and the eternal salvation of my soul.

This excerpt is from his Spiritual Exercises. In it, he also goes into great depth about the discernment of spirits in making a decision. I will share those guidelines at a later date.

Any time we have to make a decision, it is also good to take it before our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament and pondered over. The Lord gives us every grace to know His will for us in our lives. His Will is what makes us truly happy.

God bless you!
Fr. Matt

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