Ignatius

“What better way to celebrate the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola but by commemorating this chapel built under his patronage and in his honour!” Revd Dr Joseph Munitiz SJ opened with these words the unveiling of a blue plaque commemorating the former St Ignatius’ Chapel in Oxford.On the 31st July, Rt Revd William Kenney, CP, Auxiliary Bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham officiated the ceremony for the presentation of the sign in Angel Court, 81 St Clement's Street, marking the...
Statue of St Ignatius
The life of the saint whose feast we celebrate on 31 July was changed completely when he read the stories of the saints who had come before him. But tradition has it that Ignatius had a devotion to St Peter even before his conversion as a convalescent, and that it was Peter’s intercession that brought about his recovery. To mark Ignatius’s feast, Philip Endean SJ explores this tradition and how it may have played out, both in Ignatius’s own life and in the mission of the Society of Jesus ever...
Still from 'Ignacio de Loyola'
Director: Paolo DyStarring: Andreas Muñoz, Pepe Ocio, Mario de la Rosa, Jabier Godino, Julio PerillánRunning time: 118 mins Balanced precariously on a rocky pinnacle at the top of a mountain that wouldn’t feel out of place in The Lord of the Rings, an anguished figure looks set to fall to his own destruction. This brief scene provides an unconventional opening to a new film based on the Autobiography of St Ignatius of Loyola. It demonstrates, right from the start, some of the challenges of...
From 'The Life of St Ignatius Loyola' by Peter Paul Rubens
To educate the youth of Europe? To fight the spread of Protestantism? While many people would guess that one or both of these ambitions drove Ignatius of Loyola to found the Jesuits, he actually had something else in mind: a mission to the Muslim world. For the feast of St Ignatius, Damian Howard SJ considers how ‘Islam haunted Ignatius’s understanding of his calling’ and celebrates the fruitful work of the many Jesuits who have tried to realise Ignatius’s vision in...
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Laudato si’ is a model of an Ignatian approach to sinfulness, an approach that is at the heart of Francis’ papacy, says Edel McClean as she reflects on how the encyclical helps us to think about our next Spiritual Work of Mercy: to admonish the sinner. Ignatius and Pope Francis ‘encourage us to look our personal sin in the eye, but we only take this step when we have a deep understanding of God’s creative and transformative love for us.’ Speaking to the...
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...
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In an eventful afternoon, One Direction lost one of their members and the BBC bid farewell to a controversial presenter.  Frances Murphy wonders whether Zayn Malik and Jeremy Clarkson would choose the way of Christ or the way of Lucifer if they engaged in Ignatius’s Meditation on the Two Standards. Entertainment news editors must feel as if Christmas came early this year – nine months early, to be precise, as two big stories broke on the Feast of the Annunciation.  On...
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Elton John has been sharply critical of recent comments about family life made by fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana. The musician's campaign to boycott the clothing label has since generated a media storm. The whole affair is an example of a worrying new phenomenon of digital puritanism, says Tim Byron SJ.  What would St Ignatius have to say about the vitriol that has been on display this week? Multimillionaire fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana gave an interview last week...
'Iñigo' at the White Bear Theatre
James Hanvey SJ found himself captivated by ‘Iñigo’, Jonathan Moore’s new play about the life of St Ignatius, now on stage at London’s White Bear Theatre. This intelligent production explores ‘that strange asymmetry between the life and the achievement’ of Ignatius, and in doing so it issues the audience with a subtle invitation to participate in the drama of divine presence. The history of the Society of Jesus is filled with drama. The innovative form...
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...

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