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Ignatian Spirituality

All the things in this world are gifts of God, presented to us so that we can know God more easily and make a return of love more readily.

- St. Ignatius Loyola, “Principle and Foundation,” from the Spiritual Exercises, as interpreted by David Fleming, S.J.

Ignatian spirituality is about finding God in our lived experience and allowing him to transform that experience, through his Spirit, for ourselves and for the whole human family.

- Margaret Silf, Inner Compass


Ignatian Spirituality

  • Is based on the life experience of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, beginning from when he was recovering from a cannonball injury in 1521
  • Has a practical approach, using the ways God speaks in a person’s everyday experiences and emotions, and is adaptable to different faith experiences and life situations
  • Includes a focus on interior freedom and careful discernment, using both the mind and heart
  • Was articulated by St. Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises, a series of reflections for growing closer to God, including the Daily Examen
  • Leads to “finding God in all things” and being “contemplative even in the midst of action,” as described by one of the early companions of St. Ignatius
  • Has inspired generations of Jesuit schools to form students to be “men and women for others,” as articulated in 1973 by Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

All faith traditions are welcome at Brebeuf Jesuit.