Ignatius Spiritual Disciplines of Discernment

Most of us have to make choices from knowing what to do in the future, which spouse to marry, what job to take, etc. We live in a place where the dish of choices are laid before us. What do we do?

  1. First, the best discipline is to stop and not to act but to listen to the voice of God. This is the classic and most basic of all disciplines called solitude but it is truly needed in our rush and bustle lifestyle. The great writers of old have reminded us that this is essential. I am reminded by the disciples who waited at Jerusalem for power,and Elijah who seeked after the still small voice of God
  2. Three great theologians named Wesley, Ignatius and Jonathan Edwards were instrumental in taking notice of our spiritual hearts and feelings rather then rational. I think we know how to rationally make decisions but most decisions need to take into other accounts like intuition and feelings, and not only facts. The dismiss feelings is to be cold and robotic. We are humans that need to take into account everything. Banner says that, “Ignatius of Loyola notes that sin is unwillingness to trust that what God wants is our deepest happiness. Until I am absolutely convinced of this I will do everything I can to keep my hands on control of my life, because I think I know better than God what I need for my fulfillment.” God does care about us fully, even the feelings of our heart.

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