Care of the Person, Care of the Self

Care of the person (cura personalis) is one of the common principles of Ignatian spirituality and pedagogy. It is rooted in the faith that God has created me to do some good in the world, and that through discernment I can come to an understanding of how to love the people in my life as Jesus might, awakening in them the same desire to give their lives in loving service to others. Cura personalis has […]

Cura Personalis

Little is written about the Ignatian-Jesuit characteristic of cura personalis, which is Latin for “care for the whole person.” Cura personalis comes down to the respect for all that makes up each individual. As St. Paul reminds us, “the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body…” (1 Corinthians 12:12) Our talents, abilities, physical attributes, personalities, desires, hearts, faith, and minds are all equally […]

Coach Wooden and Cura Personalis

A prof  at Loyola Marymount, a Muslim, eulogizes Coach John Wooden of UCLA as an exemplar of Ignatian values.  (H/T to Jim Campbell.) A teacher at heart, he cared about his players not so much as athletes, but as students with promise and potential. That’s something that fits in perfectly with the Jesuit and Marymount traditions of LMU, what we call cura personalis, or the care of the whole person. What we do as teachers […]