Learning to discern that which comes from God, and that which comes from Satan is something I am still learning to do.
Our world is full of Satan’s influence – it’s in our music, media, games, television programs, novels (even romance novels), as well as in our social media. It is everywhere in our world.
We walk and battle Satan’s din daily. I have been working with a St. Ignatius Spiritual Director for the past year learning to walk in the path of God’s Divine will, and above all discern. Sharing with all a great summary by Br. Alexis Bugnolo on St. Ignatius’ Discernment of Spirit.
God Bless, and I pray we can discern between the good and bad influences in our lives to walk with Christ the path of righteousness 💖
For me, this path meant giving up romance novels and my addictions (to name a few) to K-drama and Chinese drama (binge reading or binge watching). I didn’t do it alone, but with the help of the Holy Spirit working in me. One bad influence at a time.
Since the summer (2021), I have been on a journey of discovering God in all things. With the help of a Spiritual Director from the Jesuit – St. Ignatian Spirituality.
It has been a journey of discovering a “stronger me in my own existence”, to asking for the graces of faith, hope, and charity, along with a deeper intimacy with God through daily Bible scripture, prayer and journal writing.
I reached a point in my faith journey where I felt the need for deeper spiritual guidance. I was not sure where to start. I asked the Deacon of my Parish, who in turn directed me to St. Ignatian Spirituality. The online information my Deacon provided me, opened up a whole new approach in my faith journey that is tailored to “Me”. More importantly, I have the mindful ear of a Spiritual Director.
A former soldier who was severely wounded and bedridden for many months, St. Ignatius of Loyola spent many months in quiet contemplation and meditation of Biblical scriptures. During his convalescence, St. Ignatius developed spiritual exercises which is used today for those seeking a deeper spiritual journey with Christ. Below, I have included links to some online resources for further research:
The videos included in the above link offers a wealth of resources in understanding the basics of how to discern, and view my life through Ignatian lens. It also guided me to pray for a stronger me in my own existence.
Working with an Ignatian Spiritual Director is God’s way of leading me to draw nearer to Him and to live a Christ filled life.
Although there are free copies of the St. Ignatius Spiritual Exercises online, I personally think that working with a Spiritual Director is enriching my personal journey with God through her mindful weekly sessions with me.
I suggest using the link below, or a google search for your local St. Ignatius Spiritual Center or Jesuit center.