I respond to a decrease in overall satisfaction with life during the pandemic and a challenge from a listener. I draw from Ignatian Spirituality to explore the mellow flame of love that sustains us through the ups and downs of life. While acknowledging the natural highs and lows, I look to an Ignatian rule of vigilance after experiencing a consolation without a preceding cause.
I maintain that over-excitement (elation and over-activity) may be from a negative source and can lead toward desolation. I explore an Ignatian image of consolation to remind us of the mellow flame. Finally, I sing the Zen sound of ‘Mu’ which is consistent with quiet contentment, and I invite everyone to join the Pentecost prayer vigil on May 30, 2020.