Ignatian spirituality

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Now in its fourth year, the 31 days campaign by the Jesuits in Britain is returning for our 2019 edition. This is a series of 31 daily emails delivered to subscribers each day and available from the spirituality website Pathways to God, leading up to the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, celebrated by the Jesuits and our friends all over the world.Since 2016, the initiative has helped people to get to know more about the Jesuits, their works, and Ignatian...
A future full of hope was the title of the collaborative adventure in the parish of Christ the King, Wimbledon Park, last week. The Jesuit Spirituality team - Sarah Young, Vron Smith and Elizabeth Harrison - responded to a call in summer 2018 to plan a week to renew the parish community through a Parish Mission. Over a number of months, the team visited the parish to pray and discern with them about what was needed, to listen to their needs and to plan the week which took place from 11 to 19...
While sales of novels, short stories and biographies wax and wane, one constant in the world of publishing seems to be that there is an ever-growing demand for self-help books. Titles that promise to show you how to fix your life, or at least whatever part of it that might seem to be broken, fill the “Mind, Body, Spirit” sections of bookshops. Few, though, of these titles are written from a specifically Christian perspective. The Catholic Truth Society hopes to change that, with a new...
Fr Paul O’Reilly SJ
Fr Paul O’Reilly SJ has recently published a book titled ‘Hope in all things’ with Messenger Publications. The text encourages the reader to find meaning in every moment of our lives, even those that seem desperate at first sight, and to live in an environment of gratitude for everything that fills our existence and of those around us.The reflections contained in the volume are a selection of Fr Paul’s homilies as previously published on Jesuits in Britain’s blog. They are all based on the...
Pope Francis has said, ‘Today the Church needs to grow in discernment, in the ability to discern.’ His reforms are motivated by a desire for a more discerning Church, whether at the level of the bishops’ synods, in the local Church, or in the pastoral accompaniment of individual Christians. Above all, he has emphasised that the faithful ‘are capable of carrying out their own discernment in complex situations’.About sixty people gathered at St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales...
St Paul's Bookshop in High Street Kensington was packed last Monday, for the launch of Sr Gemma Simmonds CJ's new book: 'The Way of Ignatius - A Prayerful Journey Through Lent', published by SPCK.An audio adaptation of the text will be heard throughout Lent on the online prayer app and website Pray As You Go, a production by Jesuit Media Initiatives in which Sr Gemma is regularly involved. Born as a collaboration with Sacred Space, the 2019 Lent retreat will follow the book in its exploration...
Walking together with Jesus
For Lent, the Jesuits in Britain invite you to share a spiritual journey with others. Building on the success of the Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Glasgow's Lent Retreat in 2018, the 2019 retreat ‘Walking together with Jesus’ will explore different ways of praying, modelled on Ignatian Spirituality. There will be the choice of three different pathways to live in this time of preparation, encouraging, in particular, a fruitful shared experience.The first option is to join a face to face weekly...
From January 22nd to 25th almost a hundred chaplains and pastoral coordinators involved in Jesuit secondary education - from 17 countries from all over Europe and as far as Albania, Egypt and Russia - gathered in Manresa for a JECSE (Jesuit European Committee for Secondary Education) Pastoral Conference.‘(How) can we talk about Jesus in the multi-convictional context of Jesuit education in Europe today?’ was the main question for this conference, repeating and deepening the important theme of...
A new edition of The Way Spirituality Journal is availableMEANING IN LIGHT AND DARKNESSContentsRob Culhane - Living with Anxiety, Medication and PrayerIt is perhaps not surprising that drugs prescribed to mitigate the effects of anxiety will affect the life of prayer. It is less clear, however, what will actually happen in practice. In a frank and open article, Rob Culhane, an Anglican priest working in Australia, describes how his own ministry and spirituality were influenced by the...
God continues to call young people today to discover that it is possible to live a consecrated life. This year 42 young people knocked on the doors of ten Jesuit novitiates in Europe.Each one of them has followed a different journey, some have known the Society of Jesus since childhood in Jesuit schools and churches, others have collaborated with social and pastoral works, and others have simply approached the Society in the different provinces from their web pages.However, all of them have in...

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