It was a particular joy for me to visit the sites associated with St. Ignatius of Loyola on a recent film trip. But the most moving locale was a little church in Manresa built around the cave where the young Ignatius spent about nine months preparing himself spiritually for his life’s work. What he learned at Manresa is that our attachments to various created goods—money, power, pleasure, and honor—stand in the way of our responding to God’s will for us.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
Psalm – Psalm 68:4-11
Reading 2 – Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24A
Gospel – Luke 14:1, 7-14