I recently finished a four day silent directed retreat in the Ignatian tradition, and I realised that at this stage in my life, 53 years old, with two adult children, that there is nothing more important to me than doing God’s will. And there is nothing more mysterious to me than it, either.
How on earth does anyone know what is the will of God? Is it my will? Is it the same as my will as long as I’m not hurting anybody? Is it what comes naturally to me or do I have to dig deeper? So many questions, not so many answers. But I have found one really satisfying way of responding to the call and that’s to say the prayer of St. Ignatius known as the Suscipe.
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.
Simple. Profound. Enough for me, too.
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