Welcome to the First Annual People For Others Blog Dialogue [Blog-alogue] between your genial host and Tom McGrath, author of Raising Faith-Filled Kids and, with Bret Nicholaus, of The Meal Box. Over the next several days, I will answer a question from Tom. He will respond either by reacting to what I wrote or by responding to one of the questions I have already given to him.
The first question Tom asked surprised me a little: “What’s the one personality trait in St. Ignatius that you most admire?”
Hmm. His constancy. After being injured by a cannon ball at Pamplona, he took quite a bit of time to consider what to do with the rest of his life. Once he decided to follow Christ as a pilgrim, however, he never seems to have faltered or looked back.
He made mistakes, (letting himself get to a Howard Hughes-level of unkemptness at one stage and considering murdering a Muslim for a perceived slight against the Virgin Mary are two examples that spring immediately to mind), but his love for, and complete dedication to, His Lord Jesus Christ never changed or lost any ardor.
As someone who has trouble committing definitively to vanilla icecream over strawberry, I admire people who make their choices and stick with them through thick and thin.