Ignatian Spirituality

Ignatian spirituality—sometimes called Jesuit spirituality—is a Catholic spirituality founded on the experiences of the 16th century St. Ignatius, sometimes referred to as the spirituality for decision makers. Some people who find the Ignatian 'way of proceeding' helpful, include some Jesuits (SJs), RSCJs, FCJs, IBVMs, RSCs, and CLC. The 'long', or sometimes called, 30 day, retreat, features strongly in St Ignatius' writings, and was obviously highly regarded by him.

Like all Catholic spirituality, Ignatian spirituality, is based on the Catholic faith and the gospels. Aside from the "Constitutions", "The Letters", and "Autobiography", Ignatian spirituality draws most specifically from St. Ignatius' "Spiritual Exercises", whose purpose is "to conquer oneself and to regulate one's life in such a way that no decision is made under the influence of any inordinate attachment." In other words, the Exercises are intended, in Ignatius' view, to give the exercitant (the person undertaking them) a greater degree of freedom from his or her own likes, dislikes, comforts, wants, needs, drives, appetites and passions that they may choose based solely on what they discern God's will is for them.

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