Ignatian Wisdom for Going Forth

graduation; mortarboards

It’s graduation season, and Creighton University senior Anna Ferguson collected advice from the university community on “how to go forth in the spirit of Ignatius.” The wisdom is worth reading in full, but Ferguson concludes:

While none of us could take the people and places we love with us, it’s the words that echo forth from them that make the going and grieving purposeful, that charge it with meaning: “Go forth and set the world on fire.”

It’s what we go forth to do that makes it possible to leave, knowing that the flame we carry within us, the flame we hope to share with the world, is a product of all who have touched our lives and sustained us.

After all, Ignatius’s words to his friend Francis Xavier hold a great imperative to a life’s mission. Any advice you’d add to help graduates understand the call to “Go forth and set the world on fire”?

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