Ignatian Resources

A bibliography of Ignatian resources for student, faculty, and staff of the university

Ignatian Spirituality: An Overview

The Ignatian Way presentations introduce us to Ignatian Spirituality. Now a spirituality is not a different religion or denomination. Rather we can consider a spirituality a focus or a lens by which we see or live our faith. In particular, this might include a set of attitude and practices that shape the way in which we view God and the way in which we relate to God and one another.

Six 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 https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/what-is-ignatianspirituality/six-characteristics-of-ignatian-spirituality