The First Principle and Foundation

by and | Sep 24, 2019 | Spirituality

St. Ignatius knew that we have to build ourselves on a firm foundation. This week Br. Mark Mackey, SJ, helps us to understand St. Ignatius’ First Principle and Foundation.

You know, a lot of us learn from a relatively young age the importance of building on a solid foundation.

Hi, I’m Brother Mark Mackey, and I want to talk to you about the First Principle and Foundation of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

It’s simple really. At the outset of the Exercises, St. Ignatius wants to make it abundantly clear that the focus is on God.

He wants us to see the reality that all is for God, and all is gift.

The purpose of our lives is to live in love with God and others, both here now on earth and in heaven forever.

And God made everything else, from fidget spinners and memes to nature and romance, to move us closer towards his love.

This is Ignatius’ principle insight: if something is promoting love, let it stand, but, if something is getting in the way of love, knock it down.

Let’s let the Principle and Foundation create the lens through which we progress into our next video as we officially enter the First Week of the Spiritual Exercises.


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