Finding God in all things…

Listen with a discerning heart…

Choosing to live for the greater glory of God…

St. Ignatius of Loyola focused his spirituality on the imitation of Christ — on the mind, heart, and love of Jesus. ignatiusIgnatius encourages us to consider what Jesus said and did. At the foundation of Jesus’ life was prayer, a continuous search for how best to love as an authentic human being before a loving God. Jesus preached forgiveness of sins, healed the sick and possessed, and gave hope to the poor, to those socially and economically outcast. Jesus spoke of joy, peace, justice and love; he summoned men and women from all classes of society to continue to follow his way to God, and his commitment to helping people become whole and holy.

Specifically, St. Ignatius stressed the need for individuals to take time to reflect and pray, in order to discover how God’s will. This active commitment to seeking God’s will is called discernment. The overriding characteristic we see in Jesus is his loving obedience to the Father. In that obedience, there is an open-hearted desire to find and to pursue how God deeply desires all people to be to be free. ignatiusSt. Ignatius believed that coming to know one’s own deepest desires would lead individuals to use their time, talent, and goodness to build this world as a place where faith, justice, peace and love can flourish. This kind of spirituality is incarnational. It views the world as a place where Christ walked, talked and embraced people. It views the world, therefore, as a place of grace, a place of being able to give life to others. At the same time, Ignatian spirituality is realistic. The world Christ faced was also a world full of cruelty, injustice and the abuse of power and authority. Consequently, this spirituality affirms our human potential but also is dedicated to the ongoing struggle between good and evil. The Ignatian norm is: to find where and how God will best be served and where and how people will best be helped.

ignatiusIt is this reflection and prayer that is the fundamental purpose of the Companions in Ignatian Service and Spirituality Program.

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Source: Jesuits of the New Orleans Province