“How could you leave your goose feather bed
Your blankeys strewn so comely-o?
And how could you leave your newly wedded Lord
All for a raggle taggle gypsy-o?”

“What care I for my goose feather bed
Wi’ blankets strewn so comely-o?
Tonight I lie in a wide open field
In the arms of a raggle taggle gypsy-o!”

“How could you leave your house and your land?
How could you leave your money-o?
How could you leave your only wedded Lord
All for a raggle taggle gypsy-o?”

“What care I for my house and my land?
What care I for my money-o?
I’d rather have a kiss from the yellow gypsy’s lips
I’m away wi’ the raggle taggle gypsy-o!”


From “The Raggle Taggle Gypsy” (Scott/Blakey/Hutchinson /Kilduff /Daugherty/ Thistlethwaite/Wickham /Traditional)


“Spiritual freedom is an interior freedom, a freedom of the mind and heart. People who are spiritually free know who they are—with all of their gifts and limitations—and are comfortable with who they are.

[However,] we have numerous preoccupations that get in the way of our hearing and responding to God’s call: fears, prejudices, greed, the need to control, perfectionism, jealousies, resentments, and excessive self-doubts. These tendencies bind us and hold us back from loving God, ourselves, and others as we ought to. They create chaos in our souls and lead us to make poor choices.

Lacking spiritual freedom, we become excessively attached to persons, places, material possessions, titles, occupations, honors, and the acclaim of others. These things are good in themselves when ordered and directed by the love of God. They become disordered attachments when they push God out of the center of our lives and become key to our identity.”

Kevin O’Brien,  The Ignatian Adventure


“Consequently… we ought not to seek health rather than sickness, wealth rather than poverty,  honour rather than dishonour, a long life rather than a short one… Rather, we ought to desire and choose only that which is more conducive to the end for which we are created.”

from The Principle and Foundation of St Ignatius, trans. George E. Ganss SJ


“And he left everything, and rose and followed Him.”

Luke 5:28


Let us leave our goose feather bed and our blankeys strewn so comely-o!

Let us lose the world and gain our souls!

Let us leave everything, and follow Him!



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