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Ignatian Spirituality

Seeing All Things New In Christ

​Is based upon the spirituality and teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Through meditation on the Word of God and Contemplation, also known as Imaginative Prayer, Ignatian Spirituality invites us to encounter the living God. St, Ignatius taught his companions that God is active in our daily lives and in our deepest holy desires. He taught his companions to grow in deeper intimacy with God by closely examining their deepest holy desires, and to discover God's activity in all things through daily examination.

6 Characteristics of Ignatian Spirituality


George W. Traub, SJ, has spent his career in Jesuit education. He tells students and colleagues that Ignatian spirituality has these characteristics:

  1. It sees life and the whole universe as a gift calling forth wonder and gratefulness.

  2. It gives ample scope to imagination and emotion as well as intellect.

  3. It seeks to find the divine in all things—in all peoples and cultures, in all areas of study and learning, in every human experience, and (for the Christian) especially in the person of Jesus. 

  4. It cultivates critical awareness of personal and social evil, but points to God’s love as more powerful than any evil.

  5. It stresses freedom, need for discernment, and responsible action.

  6. It empowers people to become leaders in service, men and women for others, whole persons of solidarity, building a more just and humane world.

From An Ignatian Spirituality Reader, edited by George W. Traub, SJ. Web excerpt from

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