Ignatian spirituality

Week of guided prayer at Manchester Catholic chaplaincy
In the heart of Manchester, unprecedented numbers of young people are flocking to the Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy to discover God this Lent. Over 75 students signed up to participate in a Week of Guided prayer run by the Jesuit chaplains there. This number of students even surpassed Oxford’s record of 63 students, making it the most successful of its kind in the country.The Week of Guided Prayer initiative, while not exclusively existing for students, has been so successfully...
Christ and the woman taken in adultery Pieter Breugel, Courtauld Institute
Before embarking on the retreat in daily life, I was feeling more and more like my Christian faith was trapped in my private mind, only popping out briefly for discussions and at Sunday Mass. This was very ironic because, as a student of Theology, I was constantly being reminded by great thinkers that Christianity is not a private experience or about a weekly fix of grace. It was an insight that my prayer guide, David (David Stewart SJ), would later sum up with the phrase, “the sacrament of the...
St Ignatius encounters Christ at La Storta - Icon by William McNichols
Today, Thursday 5 November 2015, the Jesuits remember All Saints and Blessed of the Society of Jesus, which was founded by St Ignatius of Loyola. Several other religious orders and congregations which are inspired by the spirituality of Ignatius make up the ‘Ignatian Family’. Many of its members have, over the past two years, expressed concern about the way young people are being drawn into a violent fundamentalism in a perversion of religious faith. So today they are proposing a special focus...
Photo of Amsterdam
A recent endeavour saw 100 Jesuits sent out in small groups on ‘experiments’ across North West Europe to engage in different aspects of the Society of Jesus’s ministry. Jim Corkery and three of his Jesuit brothers found themselves in Amsterdam, where they experienced the graces of community life in a new way and found God at work everywhere, from a Jesuit church to the red light district! This summer over 100 Jesuits, aged 65 or under, were invited to come together to...
Statue of St Ignatius
How was Ignatius of Loyola able to find God in all things? It was because he fell – and stayed – in love with God; and through the gift of the Spiritual Exercises, he helps us to do the same! Sr Jane Livesey, the General Superior of the Congregation of Jesus, celebrates the Feast of St Ignatius by thinking about how he loved Jesus and was inspired to ‘live the present with passion’, just as Pope Francis urges all those in consecrated life to do. When Pope Francis...
Corpus Christi, Boscombe
Final preparations are being made at the busy Corpus Christi parish in Boscombe for the Hearts on Fire parish mission week which begins this Saturday 25 July and is part of the interprovincial summer “experiment” which sees Jesuits from the four North West Europe provinces collaborating in teams.Fr Tony Horan SJ has previously reported on how the Hearts on Fire mission was established. The final programme can be read here.There is a strong focus on spirituality for children and young people....
In this latest issue of The Way you will find:Jane Kopas, on St Francis and Social Justice.Robert R. Marsh, on gifts and giving in the Contemplatio.Hung Trung Pham, on immigrant spirituality.Robert E. Doud, on the poetry of Thomas Traherne.George B. Wilson, on spirituality and organizational policy.Johannes Hoff, on contemplation and the nature of being.Meredith Secomb, on vocation in the work of Hans Urs von Balthasar.Carolyn Chau, on two ecumenical communities and their work for peace.To see...
The Summer 2015 edition of Jesuits and Friends takes us from the devastation faced by remote communities in Nepal to the serenity of the North Wales countryside; and from the celebrations surrounding the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero to the streets of South Africa, where post-apartheid democracy is still to be realised.From Kathmandu, Fr Jomon Jose SJ describes the events of 25 April when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. The Jesuits in the country immediately launched a...
Frozen
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.Our series on children’s films wouldn’t be complete without the highest-grossing animation of all time – if you haven’t seen Frozen, where have you been?! Frances Murphy thinks that Anna and Elsa’s story illustrates our next Beatitude on Film and is also the perfect tool to introduce its captive young audience to Ignatian discernment. This is not the only Beatitude to have its wisdom somewhat clouded with...
St Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesus - the Jesuits - in 1540. Today there are over 18,000 priests and brothers present in more than 100 countries.One of the 18,000 just so happens to be our current Holy Father, Pope Francis. His heart for social justice, deep prayer and inspirational teaching in some ways makes him a typical Jesuit.So who can tell us more about St Ignatius and his teaching? How can we learn from Ignatian Spirituality to deepen our own prayer by having that...

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