Sometimes you just
have to wait, hold on, stay
firm, and hope. Arrival on
shore is a relief akin to
Find your way
Even the best helming, though, is
subject to unpredictable conditions,
from violent storms to dead calms.
Sailors must learn to be patient with
the fickleness of the wind. Sometimes you just have to wait, hold on,
stay firm, and hope. Arrival on shore
is a relief akin to resurrection.
Until we experience our boats in
all conditions, we don’t really know
it. We must travel many, many miles
to gain the necessary experience to
go further still.
Alternating storms and dead
calms are also what we experience
in our spiritual lives—difficult
moments, marked by restlessness,
where we have to hold on and
stay firm, and moments of dead
calm, marked by doubt or spiritual
drynees, where we must patiently
Shifting feelings of distress and
comfort are what Ignatius of Loyola
experienced after being wounded in
the battle of Pamplona. By paying
attention to his states of sadness and
joy, he discovered what is grounded
in vanity and what in holiness, and
he chose to follow his deepest desire—the path of holiness.
There is no other way to discover one’s deepest desires—the thing
that will bring us true joy—than to
identify our interior movements—
the different currents that reside in
us—and be attentive to the effects
they have on us.
Navigating in this way, I discov-
er who I am, how I react in different
circumstances, and how God guides
me toward my heart’s desire. =
RELATED ARTICLE: vocationnetwork.org,
“How to wait for clarity about your
vocation,” VISION 2014.
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