Showing posts from February, 2020

Wisdom Looking Back

The right words are not always appropriate. Ecclesiastes 3 indicates "a time for every matter under heaven... a time to keep silence and a time to speak." In John's Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples,  "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now." There are some things we're incapable of understanding when we first hear them. Our life experience may be so thin, or we may be so preoccupied, that we don't know hard-won wisdom when we see it. 

Which brings me to the wisdom of my Mother, who often advised me, "Don't take yourself so seriously." That advice was not easy to hear when I was younger and taking on life-changing responsibilities: finishing education while pastoring a church, becoming a husband and parent, caring for elders, growing as a minister, buying and maintaining a house, etc.! 
Through God's gift of memory, I can now appreciate the counsel to be less solemn and serious. It's taken years, but I&#…

On the Ignatian Way: A Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Saint Ignatius of Loyola (2018)

Where to start, then? With this extraordinary pilgrimage, which was at once unbearable, delightful, challenging, painful, desperate, liberating, enlightening, sad, desolate, enriching, peaceful, agitating, tumultuous, and occasionally chaotic, but on which I learned inevitably to open myself and accept the love and the forgiveness of God and to give love in return. I experienced the freedom that comes with the simplest of human knowledge, which is to feel loved, even in our insignificance, by the greatest of all forces and loves..." --Gilliam McIlwain in Iriberri and Lowney, On the Ignatian Way:A Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Saint Ignatius Loyola.
This edition is a fascinating compilation of the accounts of contemporary pilgrims on the Ignatian Way, roughly a 250 mile journey from Loyola to Manresa, Spain. It captured my attention even from the bookstore shelf. Of course the attraction of such a volume is to read about the fruit of a pilgrimage without having to walk it. A deep…