I have borrowed the phrase “cannonball moment” from my colleague Tom McGrath, who used it when a group of Loyola Press employees made a pilgrimage to sites in the life of St. Ignatius. Tom told the story of Iggy’s battle injury and the gradual conversion that followed. If it hadn’t been for that cannonball, there would be no St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Then Tom asked us this: Have you experienced a cannonball moment—a difficult or traumatic event that shifted your life’s course? This is the question I pose today.
- What accident, tragedy, or hardship has rerouted your life?
- How did you react to that cannonball moment?
- In what way did this event require a change?
- When did you realize that God had used something difficult or painful to set you on a better course?
Cannonball moments do not prove that every bad thing that happens to us is God’s will, but they do prove that God can use anything to reach us and help us.