Ignatian spirituality

‘Ignatian Spirituality for a World in Flux’,Conference 30th November – 3rd December 2017Conference InformationIgnatius of Loyola lived at a time when the world was changing dramatically: the ‘old world’ as he knew it was suffering huge upheavals within the Church, and changes to religious belief were being harnessed for political purposes by the leaders of developing nation states; meanwhile Islam in the guise of the Ottoman Empire was still attacking the outer edges of a crumbling Christendom...
Spirituality team
Over the past few months the Jesuits in Britain have been recruiting a team of three coordinators to support Fr Simon Bishop SJ (pictured above with the team) in developing the work of Ignatian spirituality in the UK.The three new spirituality coordinators met in Birmingham at the weekend for their first planning meeting.  A focus of this first meeting was helping to implement the vision of the new provincial, Fr Damian Howard SJ.  Working with Fr Simon Bishop SJ...
Fr General, Arturo Sosa SJ, has sent a letter to Jesuits and their partners in mission around the world, addressing ‘Discernment in Common’.  Discernment, in the Ignatian tradition, is understood as seeking and finding the will of God, especially in important decisions. It is strongly connected to what is known as ‘the movement of spirits’ in Ignatian spirituality.  The habit of regularly reflecting on these movements, the ‘examen’, enables people to understand what is moving them...
This year’s annual meeting of European delegates to the social apostolate has just taken place in Bilbao.  Nine different provinces were represented, including Paul Chitnis from Jesuit Missions representing Britain.  The theme of the meeting was conversion, presented as being a continuous process.  The challenge in the field of the social apostolate is in getting many inspiring initiatives to work together more. A constant call to conversion is in fostering collaboration within...
God speaks to a tech billionaire.
It was an interesting experience for me to go to the theatre and find an intelligent and non-cliched exploration of contemporary mystical experience. Christopher Shinn’s ‘Against’, playing at the Almeida Theatre in north London, is a fascinating and absorbing study of millennial confusion. Most engrossingly from an Ignatian perspective, a fundamental theme is what happens when someone powerful and influential feels that God is speaking to them in the midst of that confusion.  This is a...
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Defining the qualities of an Ignatian leader is an all but impossible task, says Sarah Broscombe, and so it should be, because Ignatian leadership cannot be reduced to, ‘a tidy theory with accompanying tools and practices. It is a disposition of mind, heart and will.’ There are, however, certain traits that can usefully act as ‘compass bearings’ for those who want to understand what leadership means in the Ignatian tradition. What is your gut reaction when you hear the word ‘leadership’?...
The Spring edition of The Way spirituality journal is now available.THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREEContentsBrian O'Leary - “The More Universal … the More Divine”: Ruminating on an Enigmatic DictumIf the Spiritual Exercises illustrate Ignatius of Loyola’s view of how an individual can best discover and be open to the will of God, his Jesuit Constitutions show the corporate dimension of this search. Here Brian O’Leary tries to understand one of the chief criteria for choosing between possible...
Inspired by the Spirituality of St Ignatius Loyola
Christian Life Community (CLC) in London has unveiled its plans for growth over the coming year. A particular focus will be on links and partnerships with the wider community, while also continuing to encourage spiritual development in members’ own lives. Writing in the CLC newsletter Focus, Ignacia Arteaga of the Magis Group, says that the arrival of the new London Young Adults chaplain, Michael Dorey, has given them the opportunity to look again at their priorities and ways of...
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I was instantly attracted to the week of guided prayer advertised in the parish newsletter because of its description and emphasis on ‘daily life’.  Having recently become a mother for the first time, my life and its daily rhythm have changed dramatically. During the first months of my daughter’s life, she rarely allowed me to put her down at all, let alone maintain my previous routine of quiet prayer and reflection. Amongst all the preparation for our new baby, my...
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An expert team of spiritual directors is landing in Wimbledon in two weeks to deliver a week of guided prayer or “retreat in daily life” to the community of Sacred Heart parish and Wimbledon College.  Also joining the retreat will be staff from Jesuit Missions and students from Heythrop College.The Jesuits founded Sacred Heart parish in 1887 and Wimbledon College in 1892.  Although they left the parish in 2012, there remain three Jesuit houses on Edge Hill, one of which is...

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