What is Ignatian Spirituality
Ignatian spirituality is a Catholic spirituality founded on the experiences of the sixteenth-century theologian St. Ignatius of Loyola. The main idea of this spirituality comes from Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises, the aim of which is to help one "conquer oneself and to regulate one's life in such a way that no decision is made under the influence of any inordinate attachment."
The Exercises are intended to give the person making the decision a greater degree of freedom from his/her own likes and dislikes, so that the choice is based solely on discernment of God's will for him/her.
Ignatian spirituality is rooted in the conviction that God is active, personal, and above all, present to us. We therefore can "find God in all things".
St. Ignatius of Loyola
St. Ignatius was born in 1491 into a family of minor nobility in northern Spain. A young Ignatius aspired to win personal glory through chivalry and bravery in battle.
But in 1521 Ignatius was gravely wounded in a battle with the French. While recuperating, Ignatius experienced a conversion. Reading about the lives of Jesus and the saints made Ignatius happy and aroused desires to do great things for the glory of God. He also started to learn about discernment.
Over the years, Ignatius became an expert in spiritual direction and he compiled his experiences into the Spiritual Exercises.
Society of Jesus (The Jesuits)
The Society of Jesus is a Roman Catholic order of priests and brothers founded by St. Ignatius, and approved by Pope Paul III in 1540. They are more commonly known as "the Jesuits."
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