First Principle and Foundation

Before the world was made we were chosen to live in love in God's presence by praising, reverencing and serving him in and through his creation.

As everything on the face of the earth exists to help us to do this, we must appreciate and make use of everything that helps, and rid ourselves of anything that is destructive to our living in love in his presence.

Therefore we must be so poised (detached/indifferent) that we do not cling to any created thing as though it were our ultimate good, but remain open to the possibility that love may demand of us poverty rather than riches, sickness rather than health, dishonour rather than honour, a short life rather than a long one, because God alone is our security, refuge and strength.

We can be so detached from any created thing only if we have a stronger attachment; therefore our one dominating desire and fundamental choice must be to live in love in his presence.

Ignatius of Loyola (adapted by Gerard W Hughes SJ)