Ignatian spirituality

Rehearsals for Inigo
A new play about the life of St Ignatius Loyola opens tonight in London. Thinking Faith’s Editor spoke to Jonathan Moore, writer and director of Iñigo, about the man he is putting on stage and his experience of doing so.  From raucous Basque courtier to the focused, prayerful compiler of the Spiritual Exercises – how does Ignatius’s life story lend itself to dramatic interpretation?‘Imagination will take you to a greater truth than academia’. According to...
God Always Greater: The January edition of The Way is now available.  Follow this link to order your copyContentsRobert E. Doud - Coziness and Challenge in St Paul’s Letter to the RomansVolumes have been written on the letter St Paul wrote to the Church in Rome, but few have found reading it, as Robert Doud does here, a cosy experience. Nevertheless, he makes a good case for ways in which he was also challenged by the letter as he pondered it during his novitiate, and in which we...
         If your life is a busy one, with many cares and concerns, then you would probably benefit from a time of quiet prayer and reflection.  You may find that you return home from a retreat in a more peaceful and consoled frame of mind.  You may well just want time for yourself and your God.  Time to devote to prayer, tell your story to a retreat guide who is an open and accepting listener.  When you come on retreat...
Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society
The late Robin Williams’ character in Dead Poets Society is often hailed as a paradigm of an inspirational teacher. But his words to his students – ‘Carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary’ – are further away from the Gospel than we sometimes think, says Damian Howard SJ. He offers a more nuanced model of what it means to form ‘men and women for others’, as Jesuit educators aspire to do. How does the Ignatian spirit enrich the life...
The EXAMEN is a way to look back over your day to say thank you for the things which have gone well and sorry for the things which have not. By doing it each day, you will become more aware of what God is doing in your life. People who use this prayer often find that their lives just get better.First start by finding stillness. Allow yourself to relax and just do the minimum it takes to be here. Shut your eyes if it helps. Gently listen to all the sounds around you. Try to capture each one.Now...
Set in the rolling hills of North Wales, with views of the sea and Snowdonia, St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in St Asaph provides the perfect environment for people seeking the space to reflect on the presence of God in their lives and in the world. St Beuno’s dates back to 1848, having being built originally as a place of study for Jesuits. Its architect was Joseph Aloysius Hansom (of Hansom Cab fame). The fine stone buildings give a grand impression over the Welsh countryside, while...
Have you ever met a red-haired Tanzanian? Well, now you have! My father worked for UNESCO as a teacher-trainer. This meant that, as a family, we had the opportunity of living in the most wonderful countries. Having been born in Dar es Salaam I grew up in Fiji in the South Pacific. You can imagine my confusion aged eight on arriving at the Jesuit school of Stonyhurst in deepest, darkest Lancashire. “There must be some mistake. My parents must have lost their senses … beaches, palm trees, the...

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