Making Choices in Christ – Week 8

This is Week 8 of Desires of the Heart, a 10-week series on Ignatian spirituality and prayer. The text below is meant to companion the audio teaching. Click play and feel free to follow along. You may also download a PDF this week’s “handout” here.


“I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. Then you will call to me. You will come and pray to me, and I will answer you. You will seek me, and you will find me because you will seek me with all your heart.”
– Jeremiah 29:11-13 (GNT)


ignatius and the moorBACKGROUND
In his life, St Ignatius made some poor choices. In the Spiritual Exercises Ignatius gives us a few ways to make important decisions, life decisions such as state of life, career choice, or moving across country. Here are some pointers:

  • The choices in front of me ought to be between morally correct things, not sinful things
  • My choices should be for serving God’s greater glory
  • I should be in a place of freedom and indifference between the choices
  • Never make a decision while in desolation!

Election Meditations

  1. List and weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each choice in their various dimensions. Remove anything from the list that might be selfish inclinations.
  2. I imagine a stranger who had sought my help in his or her attempt to better respond to God’s call. What would I tell this person? I see what advice would I give to this person for whom I would want the best.
  3. At the moment before my death, where there would be freedom and clarity, what would be the decision I would want to have made?
  4. I imagine being in heaven, before Christ my judge. My life has ended and I am talking with Him about my decision. What decision would give me happiness and joy in presenting it to Christ on the day of judgement?

RESOURCES

If you would like to offer this 10-week series to your group or parish you can download a full PDF of the programme here. Contributions are requested if you offer it in active ministry setting.

Listen to the audio teaching and meditation…

Music by Kevin MacLeod

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2 replies

  1. Yes to making right choice today not bad choice in stead good choice in Christ and life are in Christ and we follow him by the Holy Spirits pwwer and in the word to our help to find rest and freedom in the Holy Spirit ,thanks and bless and joy,keijo sweden

  2. Thank you. Ive been saving up these blogs until I have time to follow them through from the beginning… this one I read as soon as the notification arrived and I’m glad I did. I’m currently (just this week and next) facing very big decisions regarding my work future. I’m also seriously overloaded at work and exhausted and have been in Desolation (dealing with huge personal issues as well).
    simply listening to this has brought me back to a place of peace and back into Consolation, at least for this moment.
    Thank you – and thank God!

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