When Ignatius of Loyola met people for the first time, he often asked them, “How are you doing right now?” This question helped them to reflect on upon their lives and often sparked them to reflect on the blessedness of their lives.
The good news is that there is an endless supply of blessedness. We live in a world drenched in grace. Our task is to awaken in others an awareness of this blessedness and help it to become even more alive for them. Our ultimate measure of success is the degree to which we can help others, even as they struggle to overcome many difficulties, to experience their God-given blessedness.
We respect and honor each individual. We don’t preach. We understand that people are doing their best, and we want to help them. Think about asking the people you encounter, “How are you doing right now?” Invite others to see their blessedness.
[This is the text of a card we gave on Friday – with breakfast donuts and a half-day’s holiday – to staff here at Loyola Press to celebrate our “founder’s” feast.]