St Ignatius

Last Saturday, 27 September 2014, Pope Francis presided over a Liturgy of Thanksgiving at the Church of the Gesù in Rome. The service marked the 200th anniversary of the Universal Re-establishment of the Society of Jesus, which took place on 7 August 1814 with the Bull of Pius VII Sollicitudo omnium ecclesiarum. Since his election as Pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the first Jesuit to ascend to the throne of Peter, has visited the Gesù, the mother church of the Jesuits, on 31 July 2013, (the Feast...
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...
31 July is the Feast of St Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits (Society of Jesus). On this page you'll find a wide variety of resources to find out who he was and is, reflect on his life and work and more from those in and around the province.Visit Thinking Faith to read 'Ignatius the Soldier' by Philip Endean SJJoel Thompson SJ reflects on an 'Ignatian approach to Studies'Read 'My own Personal Ignatius' - the Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain Dermot Preston SJ...
St Ignatius at Manresa
For the Feast of St Ignatius 31 July, Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain, Dermot Preston reflects on who St Ignatius is to him.It is reported that when a British Jesuit was asked, ‘Father, when you die, will you be afraid to meet Jesus?’, the Jesuit’s prompt response was ‘No… but I’m terrified of meeting St Ignatius!’ I suspect many Jesuits would smile and resonate with that. Yes: on the Day of Judgment, Ignatius will be giving us a harder time than...
Boys of St Ignatius College, Enfield teach in Dodoma, Tanzania
The day had finally come; the day we students make our transition from Students to Teachers. Needless to say we appreciate our teachers a bit more for what they do after yesterday (Not too much though, of course). We as teachers taught pupils of the various ages and educating them about our respective subjects (well… we at least tried to). Frank, Liam and I went for a Messi, Iniesta and Xavi (The 3 Musketeers) approach to our lessons, with me being Messi of course! In all truth we...
Piano Player by Sir_Leif at flickr.com
In his column for the FT this week Harry Eyres writes about taking piano lessons again after an improbably long time since his last one.  “I wasn’t sure what to expect from my lessons,” he says, “but I thought fingering, accuracy and rhythmic sharpness would be on the agenda.  Not a bit of it.  We have hardly gone into fingering and he seems positively to relish wrong notes.  He is almost entirely focussed on the quality of sound I make, which is too hard and restricted.  This is turn has to do...
Jesuits are neither monks nor friars but ‘clerks regular’. They take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and live in community. Most are priests but there have always been Jesuit brothers who assist the mission of the Society without ordination. Many Jesuit priests also take a fourth vow, unique to the Society of Jesus, of special obedience to the Pope with regard to missions.Jesuits today continue to be inspired by the vision of their founder, St Ignatius. His plan for the order's way of...
This is a non-residential Ignatian spirituality centre in the heart of the city, which provides opportunities for people to reflect freely on how God is present in their lives and the world.  It aims to create space for authentic response to that presence, offering one-to-one spiritual accompaniment and a varied programme of courses, events and retreats grounded in the Ignatian spiritual tradition.Director: David Birchall SJ
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...

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