The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola
The Spiritual Exercises encapsulate a way of prayer rooted in the spiritual experience of St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556). Ignatius developed a way of spiritual growth based on his own experience of God dealing with him directly. He wrote an account of his spiritual practices in a book entitled ‘The Spiritual Exercises’ which continue to inspire the people of our time.
Ignatian spirituality is a way of envisioning the world and our place in it in relation to God’s ever active and loving presence. It helps us develop a personal relationship with Jesus which allows for the possibility of a shift in our world perspective. Through contemplation of Christ in the Gospels, we desire to know, love and serve Him more. It is a way of growing in awareness of God’s action in the ordinary routine of our every day experience, 'finding God in all things'.
The Spiritual Exercises in practice
The dynamic and spirit of the Spiritual Exercises provide a framework for growth and development, suitable for a variety of persons, backgrounds and situations. The starting point of the individual in terms of their beliefs and spirituality is not as important as their desire to use the exercises as a support to their journey of faith.
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