GeE 69-70: Holy Indifference

See the source imageThe Ignatian Spiritual Exercises are intended to place a person solidly on the path to holiness. When Saint Ignatius, the pope, or any spiritual guide counsels “indifference,” she or he does not mean turning a gaze away from the needs of others. We are invited to examine our own lives, and possible or real attachments we have to aspects of our life that become obstacles to friendship with Jesus. In brief:

69. This spiritual poverty is closely linked to what Saint Ignatius of Loyola calls “holy indifference”, which brings us to a radiant interior freedom: “We need to train ourselves to be indifferent in our attitude to all created things, in all that is permitted to our free will and not forbidden; so that on our part, we do not set our hearts on good health rather than bad, riches rather than poverty, honor rather than dishonor, a long life rather than a short one, and so in all the rest”. [Spiritual Exercises, 23d]

70. Luke does not speak of poverty “of spirit” but simply of those who are “poor” (cf. Lk 6:20). In this way, he too invites us to live a plain and austere life. He calls us to share in the life of those most in need, the life lived by the Apostles, and ultimately to configure ourselves to Jesus who, though rich, “made himself poor” (2 Cor 8:9).

Being poor of heart: that is holiness.

You can check the full document Gaudete et Exsultate on the Vatican website.

 

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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