I am nothing but obstacle

“For myself, I am convinced that I am nothing but obstacle.” (St. Ignatius of Loyola)

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Ignatius of LoyolaLast year, on All Saints Day, our house began the custom of each sister drawing the name of a saint, one to get to know more and pray to during the year.  I prefaced our drawing of the slips on which were written the saints’ names with the comment that someone once made to me on a bus in Rome: “We often think that it’s our idea to learn more about a particular saint that then becomes our favorite, but in reality the saint is seeking us out and drawing us to him/herself.”  The saint’s name I drew was St. Ignatius of Loyola. 

Today being his feast day, I thought I would look through my two 600 page journals which are mostly made of quotes I have copied into them. (I have them indexed for obvious reasons. 🙂  The only quote I could find by St. Ignatius was:  “For myself, I am convinced that I am nothing but obstacle.”  (Must have struck home when I read it. 🙂  But what I have written next in my journal is this: “But does that put God off?  Absolutely not!  His love pursues me.  ‘The voice of my beloved!  Behold, he comes, leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills‘ (Song of Songs 2:8).”  He can leap over any obstacle.  What can separate us from the love of Christ? “I am sure that neither death, nor life . . .” (Rom. 8.38).