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Our Essential Nature

An Ignatian Prayer AdventureChristian spirituality in general and Ignatian spirituality in particular operate from an overarching assumption. We believe that humanity has inherent purpose.

That purpose fueled our very creation. God desires our existence, and so . . . we are. In traditional Judeo-Christian language, God created humanity. And because we are generated from that Divine energy and desire, we are imbued with honor and beauty and a reason to exist.

Don’t mistake me for a theologian, but allow me to state my opinion. It’s not terribly important what name or image you use for the Divine. And it doesn’t matter how God “created” us—this has nothing to do with creationism or evolution or anything along the spectrum between those philosophies. The only important fact is that we are because God desired us. And continues to desire us.

If we believe that, then it follows that human beings do not realize their fullest joy and potential until they engage with the desire that created them. There is an entity we call God, because language cannot capture that presence. Christians, Jews, and Muslims (and undoubtedly other faiths about which I’m not knowledgeable enough to comment) believe that God is love and mercy and whole and true. Out of love God created us, and God desires that we receive that love daily.

Not only that, God desires that we respond to that love. And what that response looks like, from day to day and hour to hour, is a mystery, a deepening wisdom—and an adventure.

During Lent, I invite you to explore the adventure of God’s love and what you and I will do with it.



This post is a part of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure, Week 1.

Vinita Hampton Wright
Vinita Hampton Wrighthttp://www.loyolapress.com/authors/vinita-hampton-wright
Vinita Hampton Wright edited books for 32 years, retiring in 2021. She has written various fiction and non-fiction books, including the novel Dwelling Places and spirituality books Days of Deepening Friendship, The Art of Spiritual Writing, Small Simple Ways: An Ignatian Daybook for Healthy Spiritual Living, and, most recently, Set the World on Fire: A 4-Week Personal Retreat with the Female Doctors of the Church. Vinita is a spiritual director and continues to facilitate retreats and write fiction and nonfiction. She lives with her husband, two dogs, and a cat in Springdale, Arkansas.


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