Human life has meaning. We are not aimless beings, without a goal or purpose. We have been created by a God who loves us. We are called to build the Kingdom of God by knowing, loving and serving God and other people and thus entering life everlasting.
While some people view “the world” as a religious desert, Ignatius was convinced that the world is filled with the Spirit of God, and that the Risen One has conquered the world which was hostile to God.
God calls each and every one of us to share in a great enterprise. The lay person has a vocation, just as the religious and the priest has. The one thing that matters is to recognize our calling and respond to it faithfully. This is not something theoretical. It means rather that our lives should be centered on a person – the person of Christ.
Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ