Redemption Road by my friend and fellow Irish Jesuit, Brendan McManus, tells the story of how he walked the five hundred miles or so of the Camino de Santiago in memory of his brother Donal, who had died by suicide.
It is a deeply personal account but in sharing with us his experiences and insights we, too, learn valuable lessons. Here’s a little passage:
Ignatius believed that the worst sin was ingratitude. If we could fully understand all the blessings and love God has given us, we wouldn’t act out of fear of selfishness.
To combat ingratitude, Ignatius calls us to name and savor what we’re grateful for — in my case, everything from chocolate croissants to Consuelo’s hospitality. In this way, we live in God’s love and act differently.