This year the Jesuit order is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the conversion of St. Ignatius of Loyola. His leg was broken by a cannonball in the battle of Pamplona in Spain in 1521. A long convalesence followed, during which Ignatius began to pay attention to the call of the Holy Spirit in his life.
Commemorating Ignatius’ conversion experience leads us to consider our own “cannonball moments,” a moment or moments of clarity, an experience that somehow reorients our life more fully to the service of God.
In this spirit, we are called to see all things new in Christ, to see and to become more deeply aware of our connection with everyone and everything in Christ.
How has your experience of the pandemic challenged or even forced you to look at things differently, to reorient your values, to think about what’s really important to you, your connection to the world around you and perhaps to make some changes in your life?
“And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new…I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.'” (Revelation 21:5-6)