Edmund Lo, SJ, tells a good story about monitoring one’s inner states of consolation and desolation, as Ignatius did when he was recovering from his wounds:
My invitation to you is this: to reflect on your lives to identify what activities bring you consolation or desolation. If it weighs you down and draws you away from God in a sneaky manner, change up your habits. Look for edifying ones that give you life and bring you closer to God.
Thank you for directing us to this article. I will be more intentional in determining where I receive consolation and desolation. Edmund Lo’s example is very practical and applicable to anyone.