Ignatian Spirituality

What is Ignatian Spirituality?

“There are four characteristics of Ignatian spirituality which have their origin in the Spiritual Exercises [created by St. Ignatius Loyola]:

  1. A vision of God who is alive and active in the world and one’s life.
  2. A realization that all men and women are created in the image of God and are destined for eternal life.
  3. An essential for living a life of faith is to be reflective about one’s experiences.
  4. Christ invites women and men to follow him by reaching out to those on the margins of society” (marquette.edu)

Who is Ignatius of Loyola?

St. Ignatius of Loyola was a Basque Spaniard who lived from 1491-1556. During his recovery from the battle in Pamplona at his family castle, God began to stir his heart and begin his conversion.

Who are the Jesuits?

The Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits, are a Roman Catholic order of priests and brothers founded nearly 500 years ago by Saint Ignatius of Loyola. The Society of Jesus is made up of geographical territories called “provinces.”

Ignatian Prayer Practices for Life

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.

Lord, teach me to be generous,
to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to look for any reward,
save that of knowing that I do your holy will.

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriated me
Water from the side of Christ, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Your wounds, hide me
Do not allow me to be separated from You
From the Evil One, defend me
At the hour of my death, call me
And close to Your side, bid me
That with Your saints and angels
I may praise You, forever and ever.

The Examen

“In the Examen, we review our recent past to find God and God’s blessings in life. We also look back to find moments in the day when things didn’t go so well, when we were hurt by something that happened to us, or when we sinned or made a mistake. “

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Novena of Grace

The Novena of Grace is a long-standing tradition of the Society of Jesus. It is 9 days of reflection, prayer and presentations designed to help us draw closer to God through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier. It begins on March 4 and ends on March 12, the anniversary of Xavier’s canonization.

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