The Word Among Us

July/August 2021 Issue

Surprise Me!

Offering Our Lives to God Using St. Ignatius’ Suscipe Prayer

Surprise Me!: Offering Our Lives to God Using St. Ignatius’ Suscipe Prayer

By the end of his life, St. Ignatius of Loyola was pausing every hour to examine his thoughts, actions, and feelings. But it wasn’t because he was being overly scrupulous about his sins. This hourly examination flowed only from a place of surrender and love, which was almost childlike in its totality.

For example, even at the beginning of Mass, while walking to the altar, he would sometimes murmur, “Where do you wish to take me, Lord?”...

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