10 Things to Love About Ignatian Spirituality

Editor’s note: Celebrate the 10th anniversary of IgnatianSpirituality.com with us. For the next 10 weeks, we’ll be “Counting the Gifts of Ignatian Spirituality” by bringing you special content on our website and special offers from our sponsor, Loyola Press. Learn more here. Here are 10 things I love about Ignatian spirituality. 1. It promotes lasting happiness. One of my friends gave me a coffee mug that reads “Do more of what makes you happy.” Every […]

Listening for God Through Our Imaginations

It never ceases to amaze me the abundant number of ways God speaks to us. I still remember the surprise of learning that not only can we listen for God through our imaginations, but that this prayer had a name: Ignatian contemplation or imaginative prayer. My first exposure to imaginative prayer came during high school religion classes. Several times a year, one of my religion teachers would guide us through an imaginative prayer experience. She’d […]

Decision Making

We are constantly making decisions, every day, all day: what to eat for breakfast, what to wear, whether to add an umbrella to all the things we have to carry, how to prioritize the day’s activities, whether to start the day with exercise or catch an extra half-hour of sleep, whether to keep waiting for that overdue bus or flag down a taxi. The decisions may be different based on the kind of work we […]

Discernment at Different Stages of Life

A major gift from Ignatian spirituality is its wisdom about discernment. Discernment enables us to assess situations, pay attention to various clues, approach our decision making prayerfully, and ultimately choose well according to our faith and our life situation. But discernment is not the same at every stage of life. Each season presents unique challenges that require yet another nuance of Spirit-helped discernment. When we’re young—in late childhood and the teen years—much discernment has to […]

Examen Prayer Card

As one of our anniversary gifts to you, here’s a prayer card with the steps of the Examen (PDF) as described by Jim Manney in A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer. Share the Examen Prayer Card on your site <a href="https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/19076/examen-prayer-card/" _igspsavedurl="https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/19076/examen-prayer-card/"><img border="0" alt="The Examen Prayer Card" src="http://isblog.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/16" _igspsavedurl="http://isblog.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/16"/></a>

Finding God in ALL Things?

The Ignatian phrase “Finding God in All Things” is like the mysterious verse of St. Paul’s: “pray without ceasing” (followed immediately in 1 Thessalonians by “In all circumstances give thanks”). You ask, “how is that possible?” and “what does that really mean?” There’s no pat answer to these questions, but this video has much insight into the incarnational quality of Ignatian spirituality that gives rise to the idea that we can find God in all things. Take […]