James Martin

The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything

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The founder of the Society of Jesus was ambitious, hardworking, and practical.
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“I have no problem with Jesus judging me. It’s Ignatius who worries me!”
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The difficulty of what he was about to do—trying to live like a saint—tempted him to despair.
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Painted in gold on a beam overhead is a legend: Aquí Se Entrego à Dios Iñigo de Loyola.
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incarnational way
4. Seeking freedom and detachment
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So if anyone asks you to define Ignatian spirituality in a few words, you could say that it is:
1. Finding God in all things
2. Becoming a contemplative in action
3. Looking at the world in an incarnational way
4. Seeking freedom and
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They block the path to detachment, to growing more in freedom, growing as a person, and growing closer to God.
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detached,” he’s talking about not being tied down by unimportant things.
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disordered affections” is his way of describing whatever keeps us from being free.
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Finally, Ignatian spirituality is about freedom and detachment.
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Ignatius asks you to see the world as your monastery.
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But by being aware of the world around us—in the midst of our activity—we can allow a contemplative stance to inform our actions.
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“The road is our home,” said Jerónimo Nadal, one of the early companions of Ignatius.
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How do I know what I’m supposed to do in life?
How do I know who I’m supposed to be?
How do I make good decisions?
How can I live a simple life?
How can I be a good friend?
How can I face suffering?
How can I be happy?
How can I find God?
How do I pray?
How do I love?
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Everything can be opened up before God.
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“It’s all part of your spiritual life. You can’t put part of your life in a box, stick it on a shelf, and pretend it’s not there. You have to open that box up and trust that God will help you look at what’s inside.”
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He was a proud Bostonian “by birth and by choice,” as he liked to say.
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Ignatian spirituality considers everything an important element of your life.
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It’s not a spirituality that considers only “religious” topics, like prayer and sacred texts, as part of a person’s spiritual life.
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If asked to define Ignatian spirituality, the first thing out of their mouths would most likely be finding God in all things.
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