Spirituality of Venerable Ignacia Del Espiritu Santo

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Saturday, March 8, 2014


(Foundress of the Religious of the Virgin Mary)

SPIRITUALITY is a way of life involving the dynamic interplay of an individual’s set of beliefs and values which animates, gives fire and provides spirit into one’s life as one deeply integrates the four dimensional relationships: with self, with others, with all creation, and with God.

There are three emphases on the Spirituality of Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo.

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Centrality of Christ – she allowed Christ to direct her thoughts words and actions and allowed Him to inhabit in her heart, she lived the dictum of St. Paul “It is not I who live but that Christ lives in me and that of St. John the Baptist “I must decrease He must increase.”

To live like Christ means to live simply, not to seek for comfort, convenience and luxuries in life, not to aspire for recognition, fame, power and affirmation, not to accumulate material possessions. To follow the will of the Father notwithstanding the pains, difficulties, frustrations and disappointments.

To follow the will of the Father is to serve Him right now at His given moments. This is neither with persons we want to serve nor in places do we want to go, not even with events we want to involve in but with persons, places and events that He wants us to serve, to go and to involve in.

To love like Christ means to love unconditionally, to be willing to sacrifice, to suffer for the sake of others, even to be rejected, to be insulted, to be ignored, to forget oneself completely, to walk extra mile even with the person we don’t like.

To forgive like Christ means to forgive those who have wronged you, those who have betrayed you, those who have stripped you of your integrity and who seemingly robbed you of your dignity and to do this 70x7 everyday of your life.

Spirituality of the Cross – her love of Christ led her to embrace the cross joyfully, peacefully and wholeheartedly. This is also to remind us that through suffering and pain, we will discover the fidelity of God’s love for us

Interior Freedom – she freely disposed herself to respond to God’s call with openness and generosity even as she was always called to live behind what she was accustomed to in the midst of difficulties and seemingly insurmountable challenges. She was always called to go beyond her “comfort zones” and to venture into the unknown. She accomplished whatever she was told to do because she let go of her personal freedom and security to follow the will of God. There never was any worldly entanglement in her life because she allowed herself to be possessed by God. (S. Leonor, RVM)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 09, 2014.

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