Ignatian Prayer

Prayer is different things to different people:

  • a conversation with God

  • paying loving attention to God

  • reflection on God’s presence

  • a request for help from God

Finding God in all things is at the heart of Ignatian Spirituality

We try to grow in our awareness that God can be found in all people, in all of Creation, actively at work in the world.  Our way of praying helps us to pay more attention to God, and helps us understand and identify His actions in our lives and in the world around us.

Ignatian spirituality is a way to pray, an approach to making decisions, and a practical guide to everyday life.

Jesuits and those we teach seek to act always for “the greater glory of God” (ad majorem dei gloriam, or AMDG).  The key word here is “greater”.  As we go through life making daily choices about our work, our leisure and our relationships, we ask ourselves which choice would serve the greater glory of God.  This is helpful in making good decisions.

 

Mother Theresa"Love to pray, since prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God’s gift of Himself. Ask and seek and your heart will grow big enough to receive Him as your own."

 

 

 

Pope Francis

"I invite all Christians to a renewed personal encounter with Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them... No one should think that this invitation is not meant for them… The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms."

 

Pedro Arrupe SJ‘Nothing is more practical than finding God,
that is, than falling in love in an absolute, final way.
What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide what will get you out of bed in the mornings, what you will do with your evenings, how you spend your week-ends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with love and gratitude.
Fall in love, stay in love and it will decide everything.’
 

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Ignatian Spirituality, spiritual exercises, St Ignatius, prayer