Some of my Ignatian friends are observing this entire month as a conclusion to the Ignatian Year, marking five centuries since the man’s conversion thanks to a military injury and long convalescence. Let’s see if I can maintain a discipline of a daily short reflection to honor at least the last 31 days of this special year.
July 1st, better known as Canada Day these days, was once more widely observed as the feast of the Precious Blood. Saint Ignatius didn’t compose the Anima Christi, but he utilized it for the Spiritual Exercises. One line stood out for me today:
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Is that really a good thing? Alcohol is so badly abused in our society. One of my grandparents ended life as a street person because of the addiction. The Church, too, has suffered–alcoholics in leadership and abusing others as a consequence.
Does this intercession just mean I want to be intoxicated, or just tipsy in my faith? Maybe I’m not looking for a thirst to be quenched, a longing to be satisfied. I want all the Lord Jesus can give me. Maybe a bit more.
Some things I just don’t understand. I suppose if Father Ignatius were an acquaintance, a friend, a spiritual director, he would say things I didn’t get. But I suppose I’d stick with it for a little bit. Just to see where the reflection led me.