Another extract from Jim Manney’s, God Finds Us.
Ignatius recognized that God’s will is not a precise blueprint, but neither is it a vague “whatever you want” blank check. God has a “plan” in the sense that he has an idea of the kind of person you can be and an idea of the life that would bring you the most joy. The broad outlines of God’s idea are the same for everyone—to love and serve God and neighbor.
But the particulars are unique to each of us. Finding God’s will means discovering God’s unique love for us, his desire to help us grow into our most authentic selves, and the way we can best serve him and his people.
That’s why we get rid of disordered affections. It’s like a cook peeling an artichoke to get to the heart, or a sculptor chipping away at marble to find the beautiful form inside. Beneath the love of money, possessions, honor, and pride, we will find what we really want.
And here is Ignatius’s great insight. When we find what we really want, we find what God wants, too. It’s a pretty remarkable idea, so I’ll say it again: when we discover what we really want, we discover what God wants, too.
Then why do I resist God so often and so thoroughly?
Oh, yes. Sin.