A Lesson from the Exercises

At Catholic Philly, Effie Caldarola shares her experience with the 19th annotation, or the Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life.

In theory, I always believed God loved me. The Catechism tells me that and Scripture certainly does. But somewhere in my religious education, I came to see a judgmental God, a God who kept “grocery lists” of my sins and loved me with a conditional love. When I was good, God loved me, but I was never good enough.

But through the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, I felt liberated. I felt as if I’d met the real God, the one who is like the prodigal son’s father—always looking down the road and hoping to see us coming, over and over again.

For another perspective on the 19th annotation, read What the Spiritual Exercises Do.


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