WHAT IS IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY? Ignatian Spirituality is a spirituality for everyday life. It insists that God is present in our world and active in our lives. It is a pathway to deeper prayer, good decisions guided by keen discernment, and an active life of service to others. With an emphasis on prayer, group and individual spiritual direction, the exercises are designed for those feeling a personal desire for a deeper relationship with Jesus and commitment to their own spiritual journey.
WHAT ARE THE SPIRITUAL EXERCISES?
The Spiritual Exercises grew out of Ignatius Loyola’s personal experience as a man seeking to grow in union with God and to discern God’s will. He kept a journal as he gained spiritual insight and deepened his spiritual experience. He added to these notes as he directed other people and discovered what “worked.” Eventually Ignatius gathered these prayers, meditations, reflections, and directions into a carefully designed framework of a retreat, which he called “spiritual exercises.”
THE SPIRITUAL EXERCISES OF ST. IGNATIUS . . . For Our Time
The nuanced dynamic of this contemplative retreat is integrating the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola with the inspiration of Jesuit priest-scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chadin. Teilhard’s evolutionary perspectives invite a contemporary focus on our cooperation with God’s intention and desire for our lives and for the world in these modern times. The journey of these weeks will interweave the traditional Exercises and present-day insights of creation’s evolving story and the universal Body of Christ.