Reasons We Become Discouraged - Ignatius of Loyola


This is short but very revealing and powerful. Three reasons we are discouraged, or in a dark place:

  1. We have been tepid, slothful, or negligent in spiritual exercises.
  2. God may be testing our worth and progress.
  3. For God to give us knowledge and understanding that our relationship with God is a gift – not within our power to attain.  (It keeps us from pride that we can achieve this relationship on our own.)