St. Augustine was impressed by the amount of sin in the world; humanity for him was a massa damnata. That seems to imply that grace is not only unearned but bestowed sparingly. Ignatius, on the other hand, was impressed by the fact that God spoke to him despite his sinfulness. That implied a liberality to God’s giving and forgiving. If God would speak to him, he would speak to anyone. And from a conviction of abundant grace springs what has been called Ignatian optimism. If Ignatian spirituality seeks and finds “God in all things,” it is because everything is grace.
—Excerpted from Ignatian Humanism by Ronald Modras