Every Christian participates in ministry of some sort; in fact, a huge portion of the Church’s work today is done by laypeople. St. Ignatius was a layman when he wrote The Spiritual Exercises, and he and his Jesuit companions gave spiritual direction to laypeople as well as those in official ministry.
Ignatius’s story brings up important questions for us:
- What kind of spiritual formation prepared you for the ministry you have today?
- What life events informed you spiritually?
- What suffering helped you learn to pray or trust or persevere?
- What revelation, learning, or inspiration gave you the energy and joy to continue your life with God?
- What combination of factors brought you to a willingness and desire to discover God’s calling for your life?