Happy feast day to a powerhouse of a saint, Saint Ignatius.
In her weekly feature, Saints and Scripture Sundays, Dianna at The Kennedy Adventures poses the question: “Are you like me, and act a lot like Martha? Or like Saint Ignatius, a soldier of the Christian faith?”
My response: I’m like Martha but I desire in my heart to be more like St. Ignatius. The Ignatian goal of finding God in all things means that every part of our lives can lead us to God. Yep, I like it, need to hear it often, but more importantly, live out that goal in all my comings and goings.
In the past year I have received two books as gifts – they sit on top of my nightstand but I refuse to put them on the shelf as they are two I really want to read. As I’ve thumbed through both in the past weeks, something very powerful always jumps out at me. I know they will be worth the time once I just give myself permission to read for fun rather than for Joel’s diaconate formation requirements.
The first book is Take Five: On-the-Job Meditations with St. Ignatius by Mike Aquilina and Fr. Kris Stubna. It was given to me by a deacon in our diocese who is on the deacon formation team.
From Our Sunday Visitor: “A great little pocket book literally designed and written to be used in short breaks from work, there are three prompts following each meditation to help you apply St. Ignatius’s teaching to interpersonal issues, stress, office politics, goal setting, moral issues, and more.”
The second is The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life by James Martin, SJ. I received this book from Tony Rossi at The Christophers, Inc. I was thrilled to learn he was sending me a copy, and then when the book arrived my reaction was “Oy Vey!” It’s not anywhere close to being a pocket book, but I’m up for the challenge!
From HarperCollins: “A practical spiritual guidebook based on the life and teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything by the Reverend James Martin (My Life with the Saints) shows us how to manage relationships, money, work, prayer, and decision-making, all while keeping a sense of humor about it all.”
If you’ve read one or both of these books, what are your thoughts? Are there other Ignatian resources I should be aware of? As I work to better incorporate the “Ignatian way” into my life, I vow to get them read! Keep me accountable.