Why Ignatian Spirituality Appeals to Young People

Living Against the Grain: How to Make Decisions That Lead to an Authentic Life by Tim MuldoonEditor’s note: Tim Muldoon, theologian, professor, and Ignatian author, is being honored with the Writer’s Award in Spirituality from the Loyola Institute for Spirituality. His newest book is Living Against the Grain: How to Make Decisions That Lead to an Authentic Life. Today we look back at a video from 2013, in which Muldoon explains why Ignatian spirituality is appealing for young people.Why is Ignatian spirituality appropriate for young people and seekers? It’s a spirituality that invites taking a moment to ask the deep questions: What am I living for? What am I hoping to get out of life? Do I have a purpose?

And then Ignatian spirituality gives us practices to help us get better asking and answering those deeper questions.

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Tim Muldoon
Tim Muldoon is the author of a number of books, including The Ignatian Workout and Living Against the Grain, and teaches in the Department of Philosophy at Boston College.


  1. In re the description of Mr. Muldoon’s residence: DOESN’T JUST ABOUT EVERYONE IN THE U.S. LIVE “WEST OF BOSTON”?

  2. There is dynamism in young people. Ignatius and his spiritual exercises inspire young people to dream big and do things great. AMDG.

  3. Tim, great video! I am going to share this with the young adult retreat team I am working with for a Charis Retreat today. I could not agree with you more about why IS is so appealing to young adults.


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