"The Right Kind of Recklessness"

There were many tributes to St. Ignatius on his feast day a couple of weeks ago. Here is one of the best. The writer is Matt Emerson, a teacher at Xavier College Preparatory in Palm Desert, California:

Ignatius’s example, like the example of every saint, challenges us to act similarly: to have the right kind of recklessness. When I read of Ignatius’s encounter with his brother, I’m encouraged to let my life be a language the world cannot translate; to be willing to dash hopes and confound dreams—even dreams that seem grand and beneficent—ad maiorem Dei gloriam, for the greater glory of God (as the Jesuit motto has it). This is what makes Ignatian spirituality so demanding, but also so potentially rewarding: It makes a kind of totalizing claim, asking a person to surrender everything from mundane occurrences to elaborate, “best laid” plans to the will of God.

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Jim Manney
Jim Manney is the author of highly praised popular books on Ignatian spirituality, including A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer (about the Daily Examen) and God Finds Us (about the Spiritual Exercises). He is the compiler/editor of An Ignatian Book of Days. His latest book is What Matters Most and Why. He and his wife live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Wish I could write like Matt Emerson!
    I,like Lynda, was struck by the power of the same sentence- “I’m encouraged to let my life be a language the world cannot translate”.
    Thank you, Ignatius, for leaving such a legacy of surrender and trust .
    Take Lord, receive…….
    AMDG

  2. I make far too many comments but I just cannot let this post go without thanking you for this article. The entire article spoke to me; however, this sentence jumped out very powerfully as that is exactly how I feel – “I’m encouraged to let my life be a language the world cannot translate”. Thank you.

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