*The full post is available at IgnatianSpirituality.Com as part of their 10th Anniversary Series.
Every spring, I invite the freshmen to consider how they can more actively engage in their faith lives as they prepare to move into their sophomore year. I wait until spring, because that is when they are just starting to settle in and find their niches. After all, most of freshman year is about exploring possibilities for involvement. I know it was for me. In just that one school year, in fact, I tried soccer, theater, piano, student council, and more. It was not until my freshman year was almost over that I discovered where I truly belonged.
That spring, I came across the campus ministry office for the first time. The senior campus ministry group was graduating, and the office was wide open for a new enthusiastic student to take over. I was sold. The rest of high school, that is where I spent all my time, organizing prayer and spiritual experiences for the community, alongside my closest friends. I had found my niche.
The struggle to discover who we are and what we are meant to do, however, is a lifelong struggle. And having an adequate vocabulary to help us through the twists and turns in the journey is key. Ignatian discernment gave me that vocabulary that helped me get to where I am today, back in a campus ministry office 15 years (and a few career choices) after that first day. How did I know this was where I was supposed to be? I embraced the tools of Ignatian discernment. How could I not embrace them?
Find out the 9 reasons why at IgnatianSpirituality.Com.