Ignatian Spirituality assures us that God wants to be our friend as well as our Creator.
The Scriptures are very clear – in John 15:13-15 we read, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” And yet, with all of this, the idea of being God’s friend is still a difficult concept for many of us to grasp.
When we were redoing LoyolaPress.com a couple of years ago, we did lots of research into religious websites. What struck me most was how defensive, angry and preachy most sites were – lots of wagging fingers and blaming liberals or conservatives for everything that was going wrong. There wasn’t a lot of Good News being delivered.
Ignatian Spirituality at its best is not into angry denunciations and righteous indignation – it’s too busy communicating to people how much God loves them.