Day 140

“Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.“

As I searched ’detachment’ on Google this morning, I came across Ignatian spirituality. It is based on the experiences of Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556 AD) who was able to interpret the spiritual meaning of his emotional life as he was recovering from war wounds.

“The heart has its reasons of which the mind knows nothing.”

Ignatian spiritual renewal focuses more on the heart than the intellect. It holds that our choices and decisions are often beyond the merely rational or reasonable.   

Ignatian spirituality emphasizes interior freedom. To choose rightly, we should strive to be free of personal preferences, superfluous attachments, and preformed opinions. Ignatius counselled radical detachment: “We should not fix our desires on health or sickness, wealth or poverty, success or failure, a long life or a short one.”

It places great value on collaboration and teamwork. It sees the link between God and man as a relationship—a bond of friendship that develops over time as a human relationship does. I intuitively like this relaxed and common-sensical approach to life.

Thank you my friend! I hope one day I will be able to find the spiritual meaning of my emotional life. Help me. For now I would like to share this link on the black dog that is depression. In 4 minutes this funny animation has artfully taught me a lot:

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