Oh dear, there are so many key insights, it’s really hard to choose just one. Would it be the power of desire? Or the discernment of the varying inner and outer movements? Or the Christ-centredness? Or the insight into detachment as a way of being “at balance,” in order to make a better choice?
All of these have been so helpful to me, but when I look back to my first exposure to Ignatian spirituality, I think one thing does stand out. I was blown away by the fact that here I had been invited into a process of discovery, and freed from the shackles of a mere “system of salvation.” I was invited to be a partner in this journey of becoming. God trusted me to be a co-creator in the unfolding of my own destiny, and in so doing, to make some small difference to the whole human destiny.
It was no longer about “believing six impossible things before breakfast.” It was a call to radical trust in this Mystery in whom I live and move and have my being. Such an invitation would be amazing in itself, and such a departure from the way I had imbibed “religion” up till then. But along with the invitation came a package of real, practical tools for turning these insights into a “way of proceeding” that would be transformative.