Spiritual Exercises

While many people are spending more time indoors as the second wave restricts outdoor life, Fr Denis Blackledge SJ of St Francis Xavier parish in Liverpool (pictured in visor) is running a series of online 6 minute talks that form a gentle walk through the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. This armchair retreat has the theme “Let Me Love You”. Each week Fr Denis chooses a couple of scripture passages to break open the living word in a homely way to give fresh encouragement, and deepen...
As we approach the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola on 31st July, please join us in praying a novena over these next 9 days from each of our Jesuit parishes in England and Scotland. Today's Novena comes from Corpus Christi in Boscombe, a vibrant parish on the Dorset coast which is home to prayer groups, music groups and choirs, as well as a Jesuit community of retired priests and brothers. It is also home to The Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Sister Margaret Scott ACI speaks fondly...
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(Photo shared via Creative Commons) In a major interview published by The Tablet and Commonweal in the middle of Holy Week, Pope Francis shares with his British biographer spiritual wisdom about the meaning of the coronavirus pandemic. Austen Ivereigh reveals exclusively to Thinking Faith how the interview – the pope’s first for English-language Catholic publications – came about, and how the pope sees a world in crisis being offered the chance to change. In a lovely blend of old-...
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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...
Participants in the Ignatian Immersion course at  La Sagrada Familia
Br Stephen Power SJ has just returned from an intensive course on Ignatian Spirituality based at the cave of Ignatius at Manresa.  He has just finished a twelve year mission as Treasurer of the Jesuits in Britain.  He shares his experiences.“This was the ninth time the Ignatian Immersion programme has been run, although I am the first person from the Jesuits in Britain to be a pilgrim through it.  Mike Lewis, the present South African tertianship director, was a participant two...
Highlands
Irish Jesuit Ashley Evans describes his spiritual journeying in the Highlands of Scotland.Sgurr Nan Each is not an impressive Munro mountain. It emerges gently on the east side of a ridge joining it to two larger Munros and it nestles humbly behind the high ridge of Sgurr Mor to the North. It is thus not visible from the road that runs from Inverness to Ullapool nor indeed is it visible from any surfaced road anywhere. It ranks a mere 266th among 282 Munros (a Munro being a Scottish mountain...
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‘Gratitude, being nearly the greatest of human duties, is also nearly the most difficult,’ wrote G.K. Chesterton. Luckily, St Ignatius is on hand to help us to cultivate gratitude, so that our hearts may be disposed ‘to receive more, to appreciate more, to love and be loved more.’ Sarah Broscombe views gratitude through psychological, spiritual and Ignatian lenses, helping us to see how and why growing in gratitude is a priority as well as a joy. Virtually every language has words for it,...
The Farm St Church Camino in the steps of St Ignatius set off on Sunday for two weeks of walking and pilgrimage in northern Spain.The group of 19, led by Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, landed in Barcelona. Their first stop has been Verdu, at the Shrine and birthplace of St Peter Claver, the 17th century Jesuit priest known as the ‘slave to the slaves’ for his work with the slaves of what is modern day Colombia.“The opening Mass and the first day morning prayer were dedicated to the victims of human...
Pope Francis refused to answer reporters’ questions about a letter released on Sunday by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, instead urging reporters to draw their own conclusions about the former papal nuncio’s accusations. Austen Ivereigh explains that the roots of Francis’ response might be found in an article that Jorge Mario Bergoglio wrote in 1990, in which he claims silence is sometimes the only way to let the spirits reveal themselves. ‘When it’s our turn to live through a difficult...
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A new audio resource, Women of God, Women of the Cross, from the Jesuits in Britain introduces you to the women who encountered Jesus during his passion. Using our senses to enter into their stories as we listen to them is not an end in itself, says Gemma Simmonds CJ. The application of the senses, as Ignatius calls it, is an instrument of prayer and discernment, and one that extols faculties that have been – and, too often, still are – associated with women and disparaged. Of all the ways...

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