" In light of Ignatius' 'Two Standards' and 'The Mystries Done From The Garden To The House Of Annas', at any moment we can be Judas or Peter, a Christian life can be a fine line."
Saturday, October 8, 2011
If I Were Dying
Fr. di Antonio Spadaro, S.J.
"Remember that I will die soon is the most important tool I've ever met to make the big choices in life": these are the words that Steve Jobs delivered June 12, 2005 in a famous speech to the graduates of Stanford. This "commencement address", was a unique opportunity for him to tell himself. Re-read this speech on the day that Steve Jobs has left this earth is probably a good way to honor him. And Steve is right. His words echo those of Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, who believes that one way to make a good choice in life is to do "as if I were dying, and so smooth, I'll believe my decision ( Spiritual Exercises, 186). Death is not the case of Ignatius and Steve a bogey, but the finding that the fears, the futility and embarrassment disappear before the thought of death and what really counts is what is really important for us.I do not know if Jobs was a believer. From this discussion it is not claimed much. Here I simply speak of the inner disposition to make meaningful choices in life, focusing on what matters. No man, believer or unbeliever, can make choices in life thinking of himself as immortal.
I am not a Jesuit, nor am I a cleric. I spent about 5 years under the spiritual direction of a Jesuit, 3 of those years in a weekly directed retreat in everyday life. The profound impact that the Society and the Excercises had upon my life, resulted in me, trying to deal with that impact in some way by sharing my view of Jesus Christ with others. My intention is to pull together Jesuitical and Catholic subjects that interest me. I was born on the feast day of St. Paul Miki, S.J.. I am the father of three small children and an infant, I am married to a great wife.