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    Spiritual Exercises

    "El Salvador" by El Greco, public domain via Wikimedia Commons - text: 5 Things the Spiritual Exercises Taught Me About Jesus

    Five Things the Spiritual Exercises Taught Me About Jesus

    On more occasions than I care to count, people will comment to me, “Ignatian spirituality does not have enough to do with Jesus. All...
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    What the Principle and Foundation Calls Us To

    The launching point of Ignatian spirituality is that God loves us fiercely, passionately, and unconditionally. Because of this love, God’s desires and hopes for...
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    Better Than Your Best?

    Magis is one of the more mysterious Ignatian terms. It’s a Latin word meaning “the greater, the excellent, the best.” It’s associated with restless striving to...
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    When You Think Someone Is Wrong

    I've been thinking about Ignatius's Presupposition lately. This is a ground rule for the Spiritual Exercises that he puts right at the beginning of the book. It's...
    Three Kinds of Humility

    Three Kinds of Humility

    St. Ignatius, like many spiritual masters over the centuries, suggested that humility was a prerequisite for the spiritual life. In his Spiritual Exercises, he...
    Contemplation to Attain the Love of God

    Contemplation to Attain the Love of God

    The Contemplation to Attain the Love of God is a kind of capstone of Ignatius’s Spiritual Exercises. Sometimes it is phrased as “The Contemplation...


    A few years ago, I was visiting a Jesuit college and speaking to an eager and enthusiastic undergraduate. Our conversation turned to the idea...
    Ignatian indifference is the capacity to let go of what doesn't help me to love God or love others--while staying engaged with what does. - quote on a blue tone background

    Ignatian Indifference

    Often, we think about freedom as freedom from interference from others, but St. Ignatius understood freedom differently. For him, human freedom is a freedom...
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    Ancient Roots of Spiritual Exercises

    The French philosopher Pierre Hadot has studied the origins of spiritual exercises among Greek philosophers. There seems to be a straight line from Hellenistic...
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    Free at Last?

    There’s a meditation in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius called “Three Classes of People,” which is designed to help us understand our attachments....