Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus and inspiration of all we refer to as Ignatian spirituality.
A hallmark of his teaching and example is the encouragement to live as contemplatives in action. In our daily lives, we strive to maintain a rich and fruitful balance between conscious prayer and concrete service.
As we come to know God more deeply through prayer, we become more aware of God’s desires for us and for the world — to use our gifts to their fullest, to pursue justice for the poor and marginalized, to care for Creation. And the more we actively respond, the deeper we are led to union with God and solidarity with others.
Ignatius invites us to respond not necessarily by doing more and more things — merely adding items to our calendars— but by discerning the greater good, the “more,” and committing ourselves to carrying it out, with Christ ever at the center.
This message is as relevant and as needed today as it was in the sixteenth century! We are blessed to count ourselves among the heirs of St. Ignatius. So let us recommit ourselves today to living as contemplatives in action. And let us rejoice as we celebrate our teacher and inspiration.
December 1, 2019 – The Universal Apostolic Preferences give us ways into contemplating the mystery which Advent itself unfolds for us. They invite us to a ‘contemplative listening’. In each we are directed to hear and follow the Spirit who is calling to us. Often, too, we will come to recognize those who are already on the way before us; those who can lead us and teach us.
December 1, 2019 – Advent is a liturgical season of great significance to Christians. We have the opportunity to reflect on, and prepare for, Jesus entering the world as a child in need of love and care. As we contemplate Jesus as a child, vulnerable and fragile, we are able to see his greatness.
December 1, 2019 – This Advent, the Jesuit network will be inviting you to engage more deeply with God through Ignatian spirituality, a spirituality that challenges us to be both contemplative and active. Through your Advent prayer, ask: Do I hear the cries of the earth and the poor? How do I respond? Does my response point to a hope-filled future?
November 8, 2019 – Our Fall 2019 workshop, "Spiritual Direction for Young Adults" was held on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at Ignatius House in Atlanta, Georgia. The workshop was recorded, and the video is now available on our website. Thank you to all who participated!
November 6, 2019 – Sr. Sheila Smith is a Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She is presently serving as the Representative for her congregation at the United Nations in New York. Sheila completed her doctorate in theology at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Canada, where she also helped found PACT-Ottawa (Persons Against the Crime of Trafficking in Humans).
We spoke with Sr. Sheila about her work to prevent human trafficking on October 25, 2019, as part of our “Works of Love” campaign.