They had me at St. Ignatius bobblehead.
Head over to Find Your Inner Iggy to see how you might win some grand prizes today, the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola. The founder of the Jesuits is the inspiration for this fun-yet-serious campaign to help people find God at work in their lives today. In much the same way that St. Ignatius discovered God in unlikely places in his life almost 500 years ago.
You can even make your own DIY Iggy. That’s mine over there on the left. The future’s so bright for my Inner Iggy, he’s gotta wear shades.
Seriously, today’s reflection about letting go of the armor that might be keeping us from growing closer to God struck a chord with me. Just recently, I was re-reading a spiritual journal, and in it I found a glaring reminder of one of my main bits of armor: the need to be in control.
On this particular date in my journal, I was writing about a spiritual direction session that went something like this:
“I want to be in the spiritual groove. Sometimes I’ve got it going on in my spiritual life, and then I hit dark and dry patches and everything falls apart. I feel like I’ll never get back to where I was.”
And my (former) spiritual director, a lovely Sister of Saint Joseph of Carondolet, suggested that perhaps all that focus on “I” was part of my problem.
She said, “Start telling God, ‘I know I can’t do this without you.'”
In other words, give up the illusion of control and just trust. Ooh, I hate that.
That journal entry was from just about two years ago, and I’m still focused on the “I” in my daily life. So, today, as I search for my Inner Iggy, I’m going to reflect on the advice of my spiritual director and see if maybe I can work on my need to be in control — or to think I’m in control — and accept the fact that I cannot do anything without God, but with God all things are possible.
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