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What Surprises You About St. Ignatius?

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Vinita Wright and I chat about what surprised us in the life of St. Ignatius.

Now it’s your turn. What surprises you about St. Ignatius or his namesake spirituality?

Jim Manney
Jim Manney
Jim Manney is the author of highly praised popular books on Ignatian spirituality, including A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer (about the Daily Examen) and God Finds Us (about the Spiritual Exercises). He is the compiler/editor of An Ignatian Book of Days. His latest book is What Matters Most and Why. He and his wife live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


  1. Thank so much for that interesting video. What surprises me most about St. Ignatius is how well his methods work. They are just the tools I needed to deepen and develop my faith as a mature Christian. Everything he lays out is so doable for the ordinary person.

  2. You read my mind – this is just what I blogged about today! As I’ve delved deeper into Ignatian Spirituality I have been surprised to find how much it resonates with the spirituality that had developed as I matured. It gives me the language to speak about what I was already feeling and doing.

    • I second what you say, Margaret, especially finding a language to speak about what I feel and do. Thanks for point this out.
      Happy Feast Day to St. Ignatius and all Ignatians.

  3. What surprises me about St. Ignatius, and continues to surprise me each time I experience some aspect of the exercises, is how very much like me I feel he is. I feel like I have gained a great friend in Ignatius, and I wish I could have somehow known him. I am incredibly surprised at the joy he has brought me these past couple of years. God surprises us in amazing ways.

  4. …what surprise me is his soft theology where God is my friend and I’m God’s friend…I love it! thanx ignatius…thanx

  5. What surprises me most about St. Ignatius and Ignatian spirituality is that he was right, and his methodology works. There is a variety and a down to earth aspect to it that is as applicable now as when first introduced, and it works for me, an ordinary lay person as well as for the most educated theologian. This is an example of true universality in action.

  6. Thank you Vinita and Jim for bringing forth aspects of the life of St. Ignatius that are so very important. That was affirming for me as a woman and also as someone who has learned that it is the journey with God that is important rather than agonizing over whether I have made the correct decision. Our choices are important but if we truly desire to serve God, then God will be in our choices.


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