St Ignatius

St Ignatius suggests that we ask God's grace to enable us to enter into the thoughts and desires of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit as they look down on the mess being made of our world prior to the Incarnation. 'What a mess they are making,' they say. 'Think of the beautiful creatures We created and then look at them now.  So much selfishness, violence and pride! Look at that one strutting about, preening himself, as though he is superior to all his companions...
Founded almost 500 years ago by St Ignatius of Loyola, the Society of Jesus is a missionary order of priests and brothers (a.k.a. the Jesuits) who are present in every corner of the globe. They draw on the rich tradition of Ignatian spirituality and reflection, sharing this with others to help them discern God’s will for their lives. Jesuits are contemplatives in action who live in community as companions in a mission of reconciliation and justice.Jesuits work in many different roles: parish...
A few years ago, six or seven years ago to be more precise, I was fortunate to participate in a training programme in the Jesuit headquarters in Rome. We were sixteen on the course. The worldwide Society of Jesus which St Ignatius founded was well represented. There were men from North America and Europe; from Zambia and Malawi and Rwanda; from Goa, Madras, the Punjab and Calcutta; from Japan and even China. To the surprise of many, this was my very first visit to Rome. So before, in between...

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