Yesterday I gave talks about Ignatian spirituality to the parents of children in our parish’s religious education program. While their kids were in class, the parents listened to me. I enjoyed it very much. One point I made is that Ignatian spirituality is a spirituality for lay people. Ignatius was a layman when he wrote the Spiritual Exercises. The people he worked with were lay people. This idea seemed to resonate with at least some of the parents. It resonates with me. I like the fact that the Ignatian way isn’t for a spiritual elite.
DotMagis blogger Tim Muldoon is someone else who makes this point–more eloquently than I. The British Jesuit website ThinkingFaith.org recently posted Tim’s excellent article “Why Young Adults Need Ignatian Spirituality.” I pointed to this piece years ago on this blog, but I though I’d do it again. Read it, and take the word to a lay person you know.