by Fr. Jeff Kirby
Sometimes my Irish pessimism can get the best of me! At times, it’s hard to shake off. So you can imagine as a young seminarian, while studying at the Gregorian University in Rome – one of the early Jesuit universities, how intrigued I was to learn about my friend Iggy and his worldview.
According to St. Ignatius of Loyola, whom I and many others affectionately call “Iggy” or the “Ig-meister,” the world is full of God’s grace. It holds a goodness given by our Creator. In looking at our world, there is more than just mistakes, negligence, or imperfection. Part of our task in the journey of life – the way I and others can set the world on fire – is to see this goodness around us and in us.
It can be hard but Iggy shows us the way. In following his example, we can see this amazing life-giving goodness and in that light, pessimism grows up and cynicism matures. Life gets really fun and joyful. Instead of just seeing things as incomplete versions of what they should be, Iggy showed (and shows) me how to see things where they are and to see the goodness that’s right here right now. If I didn’t know Iggy, I could have gone through life being angry about the “messed up” things of our world, but now I’ve learned to just be entertained, to laugh, even by the fallen and “messy” things of life.
Iggy tells us: God is present. Life is good. Be happy!
What is good in your life today?
What do you need to do to see it?
Fr. Jeff Kirby is a priest of the Diocese of Charleston, SC. He holds a Licentiate in Moral Theology from the Holy Cross University in Rome and is the author of Lord, Teach Us to Pray and 101 Surprising Facts About St. Peter’s and the Vatican. Fr. Kirby recently completed his term as the Vicar of Vocations for his diocese and is currently the Administrator of St. Mary Help of Christians Parish in Aiken, SC.