Ignatian spirituality is a spirituality for everyday life. It insists that God is present in our world and active in our lives. It is a pathway to deeper prayer, good decisions guided by keen discernment, and an active life of service to others.
Ignatius of Loyola, a Basque nobleman who lived between 1491 and 1556, was a soldier fighting the French when a cannonball shattered his leg. While recuperating, he had a profound conversion experience that led to a remarkable journey that took him to Paris, where he and fellow students at the University of Paris formed the Society of Jesus.
Nearly 475 years ago, St. Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesus, a community of Jesuit priests. He dedicated his life and the work of the Jesuits to Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, “For the Greater Glory of God”. This dedication and vision of St. Ignatius continues to live on today in the students and community at Jesuit High School.
Ignatian spirituality reminds us that God pursues us in the routines of our home and work life, and in the hopes and fears of life’s challenges. The founder of the Jesuits, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, created the Spiritual Exercises to deepen our relationship with Christ and to move our contemplation into service. May this prayer site anchor your day and strengthen your resolve to remember what truly matters.