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The Meaning of Life...and How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies.

Maybe you already know the meaning of life. And maybe you already have a trick for getting rid of fruit flies. If so, please comment, and add to the conversation. But if you don’t have a good working definition of the meaning of life, and if your kitchen does suffer from occasional fruit fly infestations and you have no idea how to get rid of the little buggers, well, then: today’s your lucky day. Because even as a Philosophy major and full-time minister for the past twenty years, I’ve never found a better one-paragraph definition of the meaning of life than the one below. It’s not new, and it’s not one I’ve made up: it’s from the 1550’s, and is from St. Ignatius Loyola, who was the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). And while he didn’t call it “the meaning of life,” he did call it “the Principle and First Foundation” of his Spiritual Exercises, which were (are) the bedrock of his (Ignatian, Jesuit) spirituality.   So here it is: the Principle and First F