Monday’s post was about the early life of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Today, let’s turn our gaze inward.
Each one of us is shaped, to some degree, by the place where we started and the people who shared that place with us. This is not to say that our beginnings determine who we become but that we need to factor in how those early years affected us.
- What places were key locations in your life as a child and teenager? Did you have a hometown, or did you move around too much to identify with any one place?
- Who were the people involved with you on a daily basis when you were growing up? Did you belong to a “gang” of kids in your family or neighborhood who were together all the time? Who were the adults who made the biggest impact on the way you thought or behaved?
- Identify the gifts of your childhood location(s) and the people who dwelled with and around you.
- Identify the hurts and trials that came with those early-life settings and people.
- What kind of culture helped shape you as a youngster? Were you a small-town kid? A military brat? A city dweller? The child of ministers or missionaries? Surrounded by a large extended family? An only child?
31 Days with St. Ignatius starts today at IgnatianSpirituality.com. Celebrate the life and legacy of St. Ignatius throughout the month, and share with the hashtag #31DayswithIgnatius on your favorite social media.