Published on July 20, 2012
PowerPoint Presentation: “Go forth and set the world on fire.” St. Ignatius of Loyola PowerPoint Presentation: A reflection by Margaret Silf Author of Just Call Me Lopez PowerPoint Presentation: These might not be the first words that would come to mind if you were bidding farewell to a dear friend, with little hope of ever seeing him again. But these were Inigo’s parting words to his friend Francis Xavier as he sent him on mission to the Far East. PowerPoint Presentation: Just eight little words, but they speak volumes – about the inner freedom that allows us to let others live out their dreams, however hard it may be for us to let them go – and about the vision that fired Inigo and his friends through and through… PowerPoint Presentation: …the dream of setting the world on fire with a vision of what could be, if we really were to follow in the steps of Jesus of Nazareth. PowerPoint Presentation: I always smile when my computer spellchecker offers its alternative suggestion, ‘ ignition ’ in response to my attempt to type ‘ Ignatian ’. PowerPoint Presentation: To live the Gospel spirit that underpins the Exercises would indeed be explosive. It would have the transformative power of Pentecostal fire. Inigo knew that. He lived it. PowerPoint Presentation: And today, 500 years after he sent Francis Xavier forth, his challenge to us to set our own world on fire is no less compelling. PowerPoint Presentation: Fire is kindled by striking one small match. Is there any small first step you might take yourself, to kindle Gospel light in your own personal world? PowerPoint Presentation: Nelson Mandela declared that the freedom of the South African people was a dream he was determined to live for and, if necessary, willing to die for. PowerPoint Presentation: Questions: Is there any ideal or dream that would fire you with this kind of passion ? What steps will you take toward kindling this ideal or dream?