Ignatian Wisdom #2: Getting Our Hearts In the Right Place

August 26, 2011

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius are ultimately about getting our hearts in the right place.  Time and time again, when I did the 19th annotation retreat (spiritual exercises in the daily life), I would hear these words well up in me, “Re-Situate your life”.  Over time, the exercises transform our hearts and “re-situate our lives” so that both are focused around God.

The transformation and re-situating are not always easy to do.  It means letting go of situating your life around money, around people we love in our life, and around things that matter most to us.  In no way are we being invited to get rid of these things; instead, it is an invitation for these to not be the core of our lives and to not be the core of who we are. Once our heart is in the right place, situated around God, everything else tends to fall in place around that core. 

What are you being invited to do in order to “re-situate you life” and get your heart in the right place? 

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

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