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 through their app.
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.
www.pathwaystogod.org The prayer page of Jesuits in Britain, offering daily prayers, resources, courses and retreats at one of three very different retreat centres…
St Beuno’s is a residential retreat centre in rural North Wales.
Mount Street Jesuit Centre offers a range of short and long courses in spirituality and faith formation along with volunteering and young adult programmes in the heart of London’s West End.
Ignatian Spirituality Centre is in Glasgow city centre and offers a range of spiritual activities and courses.
What they all have in common is their foundation in the spiritual teaching of St Ignatius: to seek God’s presence in our daily lives, and to understand His call.