The Common Good

Gratitude and reverence


As we began that autumn, I was struggling to discern a heavy vocational question and trying to be a good parent to sons in their late teens. Abundant love was threatened by cramping anxiety in both circumstances. I was ripe for a fresh approach, one that would help me enter into the intentions of Jesus, intentions of love that were in me but had become obscured by daily worries. In a 1991 article in Sojourners magazine, Monika K. Hellwig observed, “Much of the reflection in the [Ignatian] Exercises is geared to an effort to share the vision of Jesus and understand what he was and is trying to do in the world and its history.” And, I would add, what he’s trying to do in us and in the church.