Ignatian spirituality

The first of September was the World day of Prayer for Creation. From September 1st to October 4th, Christians from around the world are uniting to pray for creation.Pope Francis says in Laudato Si: "we are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental.”Jesuit Missions strives to put care of creation at the forefront of all that we do. As the changing climate is causing more climate...
The Irish Jesuits organised a ‘Faith in the Modern World’ retreat for young people from all over Europe in preparation for the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland at Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality, Dublin from 20 to 26 August 2018.The initiative helped the retreatants to discern how to follow the call to live a Christ-like life in an Ignatian way and in line with the papacy.Along with Irish Jesuits, presenters came from St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in...
The spirituality centre at the cave of St Ignatius at Manresa in Spain is organising its ninth annual "Ignatian immersion course".This course, which is conducted in English, includes an 8-day individually-guided retreat. Participants will study the Autobiography and the Deliberation of the First Fathers, among other texts, and end by considering ways in which Ignatian spirituality can be more fully integrated into their own everyday lives and missions.Further details, and how to apply, can be...
Inspired by the Spirituality of St Ignatius Loyola
"Living our GIFT...sharing our JOY"The Grace"We desire deeper understanding and commitment in living the gift of Christian Life Community in the world today"Inspired by St Ignatius Loyola and his Spiritual Exercises, CLC is a lay organisation, a world community of small groups of 4-10 people, helping members from all walks of life to integrate prayer and action in daily life, to respond more fully to God's loving desire for them. Learn more about CLC here or get in contact via email: info@...
‘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...
birds in flight
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’?...

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