The title of the book, Heroic Living, intrigued me, so I picked it up. Written by Chris Lowney, the book uses Ignatian Spirituality as a tool for developing a personal life strategy to achieve your “mighty purpose” in life.
Lowney was a high-powered investment banker for JP Morgan. He got out in time. I don’t even know if JP Morgan exists anymore. Well, before he was an investment banker, the author was a Jesuit seminarian for a time. While he was in formation, he developed a love for the Ignatian Spirituality which reminds us to “find God in all things.”
So, Lowney combined the leadership skills he learned at JP Morgan with his passion for this centuries old spiritual way of living, and presto, this book was born. I’m not sure if you can get it at your local library, but maybe. If not, it came out in paperback not that long ago, and I think it can be a helpful tool for anyone who is desiring to make changes in their lives.
This comes from the introduction,
You were born to change the world.
You can make the most of this unique opportunity by mastering three vital skills:
- Articulate a purpose worth the rest of your life.
- Make wise career and relationship choices in this changing, uncertain world.
- Make every day matter by mindful attention to your thoughts, actions, and results.
Is that a great teaser, or what? I know many people who are in my life, some reading these words, who want to make changes so they can begin to be the person God is calling them to be. Whether it be this book, or one like it on your shelf, the time to start making these changes is now. We have to get moving.
As Pope John Paul II reminded us so often, quoting from the words of the angels found throughout the Bible, “do not be afraid.”