From the "Principle
and Foundation" of the Spiritual Exercises of
Saint Ignatius Loyola:
The goal of our life is to live with God forever. God,
who loves us, gave us life. Our own response of love allows
God's life to flow into us without limit.
All things in this world are gifts of God, presented
to us so that we can know God more easily and make a return
of love more readily.
As a result, we appreciate and use all these gifts of
God insofar as they help us develop as loving persons.
But if any of these gifts become the center of your lives,
they displace God and so hinder our growth to our goal.
In everyday life, then, we must hold ourselves in balance
before all of these created gifts insofar as we have a
choice and are not bound by some obligation. We should
not fix our desires on health or sickness, wealth of poverty,
success or failure, a long life or a short one. For everything
has the potential of calling forth in us a deeper response
to our life in God.
Our only desire and our one choice should be this: I
want and I choose what better leads to the deepening of
God's life in me.