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Down-to-earth advice from Ignatius

3 August 2020
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Ecojesuit shares this article from the Jesuits in Ireland on Ignatian wisdom during this global pandemic through a reflection by Fr Nikolaas Sintobin SJ expressed through a letter from heaven from Saint Ignatius with down-to-earth advice, if he was with us at this time.

Dear people on earth,

I see you’re having a hard time finding the right attitude to the coronavirus. That’s not strange. Over the past few decades, science has made such progress that you have come to believe that a solution to every problem can be found in no time. Now it’s becoming clear all over the world that this is an illusion. For many of you this is quite confusing.

I myself have been struggling with chronic illness for over thirty years. As Superior General of the rapidly growing Jesuit order, I was confronted with all possible and impossible problems day in and day out for fifteen years. I would like to give you five tips through these difficult times. They are taken from my own experience.

1. At the time of this coronavirus, obey the doctors, the scientists, and the competent authorities as if it were God Himself. Even if you disagree with their decisions or do not understand them well, have the humility to accept that it is worth relying on their knowledge and experience. It will give you a clear conscience and allow you to make your contribution to the solution of the crisis.

2. Beware of fear. Fear never comes from God and does not lead to God. Fear often suggests to you all possible reasons why you should be afraid. Much of it is true. Only, you don’t have to be afraid of it. The Lord takes care of you now, too. I know that from a well-informed celestial source. Experience has shown that He can write straight on the curved earthly lines. Dare to believe in them.

3. In times of crisis you do not benefit less, but more from prayer. Grant it to yourself to indulge in His love. It is the best antidote to fear.

4. In my Spiritual Exercises I wrote, ” Love ought to manifest itself more by deeds than by words.” Look after one another in whatever way you safely can, especially remembering the poor and the vulnerable.

5. Finally do not forget to live and enjoy life in all this. Whatever happens, every second you are given is a unique and precious gift. There’s nothing the coronavirus can do to change that.

United with you in everlasting prayer,

+Ignatius

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One Response to Down-to-earth advice from Ignatius

  1. sylvia tellez on 5 August 2020 at 8:50 am

    It’s not the coronavirus that is difficult for me. Although I pray to be brave when it’s time for me to leave this earth what’s the pain is over if I have pain I am excited to see what the next step is in my path to God. What really disturbs me is how politicians are so untrue I guess that’s the best word I can say I pray for them but to see How they are treating immigrants, climate change, prejudices of all kinds, lying, and so many so many negative things that’s what’s hurting and I try not to be depressed and I know that’s wrong because I know that good will overcome but it’s just so sad to see so many people injured and I realize that in many ways what’s the pass the earth there will be Infinity as they go on to the path they were supposed to take. But thank you so much I appreciated the prayers of safety gracious and they did help please keep up the good work. Thank you again

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