Our spirituality takes its name from St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556). The Spiritual Exercises, the classic manual he wrote, is the cornerstone of the rich spiritual legacy Ignatius has given us.
Francisco Firmat, who is supervising judge of family law of the Superior Court of California for Orange County, talks about the impact of the Spiritual Exercises on his life and sensing the "fingerprints of the Holy Spirit."
What is Ignatian spirituality?
Brother Charles J. Jackson, S.J., offers this concise definition: "Ignatian spirituality can be described as an active attentiveness to God joined with a prompt responsiveness to God, who is ever active in our lives. Although it includes many forms of prayer, discernment, and apostolic service, it is the interior dispositions of attentiveness and responsiveness that are ultimately crucial. The result is that Ignatian spirituality has a remarkable 'nowness,' both in its attentiveness to God and in its desire to respond to what God is asking of the person now."
Developing our spiritual “radar”
The practice of finding God in all things attunes us to the presence of the Holy everywhere, in our disappointments and losses as well as in our successes. It inspires a sense of wonder and gratitude for the gift of life. To find God in all things, Ignatius suggests that we:
- Practice attentiveness to each person, task, or situation.
- Pay them reverence.
- There, find devotion—
“the singularly moving way in which God works in that situation, revealing goodness and fragility, beauty and truth, pain and anguish, wisdom and ingenuity.”
Finding our purpose in life
Through discernment, we see where God is calling us to serve in the world. This process is more than just decision-making. When we are faced with several good alternatives, Ignatius encourages us to judge the facts, assess our feelings, and consult with others to determine which option will bring us closer to God.
Building a more just and humane world
In 1975, Jesuits worldwide agreed that any Jesuit ministry would be defined as a “service of faith” that promotes justice. Our solidarity with poor and marginalized people and our work to transform society exemplify this commitment.
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Kim Cavnar, Director of Campus Ministry Brophy College Preparatory