spiritual exercises

The Cave of St Ignatius in Manresa
The Jesuits in Spain will be launching the first Jubilee Year of the Ignatian Camino from Loyola to Manresa on the feast day of Saint Ignatius of Loyola 31 July 2015. In Christianity, a jubilee is a special year of God’s mercy and is often associated with a pilgrimage.  They have also announced that the Ignatian Camino is being established as an official Apostolic Work of the Society of Jesus, to ensure that the Ignatian Camino retains its focus on Ignatian spirituality.The first Jubilee...
Fr Patrick Purnell SJ, whose poetry has been enjoyed by many in print and on the radio, has died at the age of 91. Over his 73 years as a Jesuit, he also made significant contributions to Religious Education in England, Scotland and Wales.Augustine Patrick Purnell was born in 1923 in Cardiff, and joined the Society of Jesus in 1941 at the age of 17. After studies at Heythrop College, Oxfordshire, he was ordained in 1955 and then spent some years teaching Latin and Maths at St Ignatius College,...
A 1663 Edition of The Spiritual Exercises, Burns Library Boston College via Flickr
Many people would say that while intellectually they believe that God loves each one of us, personally, eternally, they find it hard to feel this deeply. We may be helped by reflecting on St Ignatius’ conclusion to his Spiritual Exercises, a ‘Contemplation to Attain Divine Love’Firstly, I think about what God has done for me’, and ‘how much he has given me of what he possesses.’Second, says Ignatius, I think about the way God ‘dwells’ in all his...
Croos, Dawson and Patterson at St Beuno's
For the past month, six young Jesuits have been involved in their core ministry in North Wales, as Dr Nicholas Austin SJ explains.‘Block out your calendars from mid-July to the end of August 2014.  I’ll tell you what it’s about later.’That was the mysterious message six young Jesuit priests recently received from Fr Dermot Preston SJ, the Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain.  All of us were wondering what our superior had up his sleeve.  We form a diverse...
Enjoying the experience of directing a long retreat,  30-days of silence, following the Spiritual Exercises, in North Wales.  I am with 6 other ‘youngish’ Jesuits of my generation, so as well as accompanying people through the 4 weeks it is great to discuss the dynamics with them (whilst respecting the confidentiality).  We have just spent a few days with the ‘Principle and Foundation’ a consideration that Ignatius gives us before we enter the retreat....
In a culture that can seem obsessed with celebrity, that even grades them A-List, B-List etc. – the church celebrated on Sunday 29th June two of our foremost saints.  Saints Peter and Paul have been called the indispensable men of the early church: Peter who has the unique authority that Jesus conferred to him, who is given the keys to heaven, Petrus the Rock on which Jesus says "I will build my Church".  And Paul, the great missionary, who first takes the news of the...
The Exercises, Sin and Salvation Today is the title of a four-day seminar at St Beuno’s Spirituality Centre in North Wales at the end of June. It will be led by Fr Philip Endean SJ (pictured), formerly editor of The Way and a lecturer at Heythrop College, University of London. He is currently teaching in Paris.Philip will lead an exploration of the place of Sin and Salvation in the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola by looking at these key elements in the Ignatian process...
Set in the rolling hills of North Wales, with views of the sea and Snowdonia, St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in St Asaph provides the perfect environment for people seeking the space to reflect on the presence of God in their lives and in the world. St Beuno’s dates back to 1848, having being built originally as a place of study for Jesuits. Its architect was Joseph Aloysius Hansom (of Hansom Cab fame). The fine stone buildings give a grand impression over the Welsh countryside, while...
Prayer is different things to different people:a conversation with Godpaying loving attention to Godreflection on God’s presencea request for help from GodFinding 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...