We’ve just published a book by Jesuit priest Gerald M. Fagin, who has spent decades as a spiritual director, a college professor, and a teacher of Ignatian spirituality. Discovering Your Dream: How Ignatian Spirituality Can Guide Your Life, is an excellent little resource that won’t take long to read but will provide good information on:
- St. Ignatius, and particularly his ability to dream
- The Spiritual Exercises
- The key meditations used in the Spiritual Exercises
- Desire and its role in the spiritual life.
Ignatius describes God’s desire for us, God’s hope for us, God’s dream for us—a dream to lead us from freedom to love to life. What Ignatius describes is what our hearts long for, the deepest desires of our hearts, the fulfillment of the restlessness of our hearts, a restlessness that leaves us always wanting more. (p. 110)
This book is worth a mention on the DDF site, and the topic is certainly worthy of some discussion. Here are two significant words to consider: dreams and desires. Let’s begin the week with basic questions about those words.
- What’s the difference between a dream and a desire?
- What does either of these have to do with spirituality?
- If someone refers to “God’s dream for you,” what come to mind?
- How have Christians responded to the concept of “desire”—in ways healthy and unhealthy?