Ignatius thought that the spiritual life is a life in tension. Black and white thinking is to be avoided. We’re to seek neither sickness nor health, neither wealth nor poverty, but to always seek only God. Lisa Kelly finds this “Ignatian tension” a helpful way to think about the killing of Osama Bin Laden:
I believe in the God of justice. I believe in the God of forgiveness. I believe because all human beings are created in the image of God, God can be found in all life, innocent or guilty. I believe that God, the Divine, dwells in all things, and so I am called to find the divine even in the most heinous of places. And I am called to be self aware and admit the ways that I or my country has harmed innocent life as well. I am called to challenge evil in all its manifestations. I receive no consolation from the suffering of another. I am desolate at the perpetuation of violence continuing to keep us so far from the God of love that we seek.