Garfield’s thoughts on religion and Jesus have become much clearer.
Andrew Garfield continued:
The one experience that I wouldn’t want to sacrifice, if I had to choose…it would have been going through those Exercises. It brings me so much consolation. It’s such a humbling thing because it shows me that you can devote a year of your life to spiritual transformation, sincerely longing and putting that longing into action, to creating relationship with Christ and with God, you can then lose 40 pounds of weight, sacrifice for your art, pray every day, live celibate for six months, make all these sacrifices in service of God, in service of what you believe God is calling you into, and even after all of that heart and soul, that humble offering…that humility…even after all of that someone is going to throw a stone and dismiss it. It’s a wonderful, wonderful grace to be given, to be shown.
Andrew Garfield described the exercises of St. Ignatius as a “transformational process where you do the imaginative, meditative prayers with the life of Jesus, where you place yourself in each [New Testament] scene, much like being an actor.”
It was ultimately those practices of meditation, prayer and scripture that led the actor to acknowledge the Lord’s presence in his life.
Although Andrew Garfield never confesses Jesus as Lord, it’s clear he’s still searching. And it’s fascinating to listen to the authentic transformation he experienced by digging into the life and teachings of Jesus.
It’s a good reminder of Acts 17:27
God intended that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.
We pray that everyone, like Andrew, who gets a taste of God’s goodness will give their lives fully to him.