Prayer

The work of Jesuit Missions is inspired and guided by Ignatian spirituality, a spirituality for everyday life.

Saint Ignatius saw God as present in our world and active in our lives. This idea is summarised in the Ignatian approach of ‘finding God in all things’, that is to say that God is revealed to us at each moment of the day. God is visible in people, in nature, in experience. Ignatian spirituality seeks to lead to a deeper relationship with God, to good decisions through a process of discernment, and to an active life of service to others.

Self-reflection and awareness are important elements of Ignatian spirituality, as is the ability to reflect on the world around us. The choices we make in our daily lives can either push us away from God or draw us more closely to him. It is through prayer, discernment and reflection that God’s will for us can most clearly be heard, and that our relationship with God can be deepened.

At the heart of Ignatian prayer are the Spiritual Exercises and the Daily Examen.

To find out more, please visit one of the following websites

www.ignatianspirituality.com A comprehensive resource for all aspects of Ignatian Spirituality

http://www.sacredspace.ie/   Run by the Jesuits in Ireland, Sacred Space provides a daily prayer and three minute retreats

www.pray-as-you-go.org     Offers daily audio prayers which can be accessed online or downloaded to an ipod

www.thinkingfaith.org     The online journal of the Jesuits in Britain offering a faith-based perspective on contemporary issues, as well as film and book reviews.