Ignatian spirituality

Three courses, previously only available to people in the Glasgow area, are now being offered to anyone with Internet access in the English-speaking world. The Glasgow-based Ignatian Spirituality Centre is running a basic course in Ignatian Spirituality called "Growth in Prayer and Reflective Living" from September 2020. To find out more and sign up click here. The second stage course, "Spiritual Conversation", which was offered in 2019 as an online course is being offered again this...
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‘Thy will be done’ or ‘follow your bliss’? Writing about ‘the anthropology of the Spiritual Exercises and contemporary spiritual narcissism’ in the latest issue of The Way, Helen Orchard compares St Ignatius Loyola’s approach in the Spiritual Exercises with that of modern spiritualities that can mask a self-indulgent individualism. Human beings are created to praise, reverence, and serve God our Lord, and by means of doing this to save their souls. The other things on the face of the earth...
Paolo Beltrame
Paolo Beltrame, second-year novice of the British Province, will be taking his First Vows on the 7th September, together with Matthew Tumulty, of the Irish Province. He reflects on his life and novitiate experience.Perhaps you enjoy sailing boats. I myself am not able to sail at all. However, I find it beautiful and fascinating; in particular I like - watching! - the America’s Cup. For me it is an extreme, technological challenge that, essentially, uses natural resources: human coordination and...
The Christian Life Community (CLC) is a network of lay people gathering in small groups to understand and follow Ignatian Spirituality in their everyday lives. One of the commitments is to take part in an annual retreat and those involved in CLC at St Francis Xavier’s Liverpool organise their experience in August.A few that regularly meet at SFX have been recently welcomed at St Beuno’s, Tremeirchion, for a full day retreat. All gathered for a silent and reflective lunch and then they were...
A new and exciting modular programme has been launched in Boscombe to help post-Holy Communion children, in school years 4-6, discover how to grow closer to God by deepening their relationship and friendship with Him and others. The programme has been created by the Hearts on Fire Ignatian Spirituality Team on the South Coast, in conjunction with the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart. The pilot programme was launched in Corpus Christi Boscombe and local parishes with the support of parents.The...
llumination from a French manuscript of Augustine, City of God, c.1475
The issue of The Way for July 2019 is now availableWORKING ALONGSIDE GODContentsGem Yecla, Co-Creation Spirituality: Participating in God’s Ongoing Work of Creation through Spiritual Direction and the Spiritual ExercisesAll human beings are called to work alongside God in the world. One way of understanding this call is to think of ourselves as co-creators with the supremely creative God. Here Gem Yecla explores the implications of this mode of understanding, with particular reference to the...
Barmouth summer retreat
The Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy year came to a close last week with a retreat at the Jesuit Villa House in Barmouth for eight students and two of the Chaplains.For the students, it was a chance to become better acquainted with the Ignatian Examen and to use it as a way of looking back over the year and to give thanks to God for its blessings. For the Chaplains too, the days away provided time and space to review a year that had been particularly rich, and it is good to evoke some of...
23 people gathered at St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales from 28-30 June 2019 for the first province staff retreat organised by the Jesuits in Britain.The group was a mixture of lay staff and volunteers from a variety of works of the Jesuits in Britain – parishes, schools, chaplaincies and communities, as well as Jesuit Missions and Campion Hall – all of whom were invited to spend time with God, each other and creation over the course of the weekend.The original idea came from...
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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...

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