At the heart of Ignatian Spirituality is the belief that God is present and active in our lives – in the things we see, the people we interact with, the experiences we have, and the decisions we make.
Rooted in this foundational belief, Ignatian Spirituality invites us to recognize and celebrate that Divine presence and most importantly, act on what that presence invites and challenges us to do.
Jesuits have long been known as “contemplatives in action.” This two-part identity explicitly recognizes the need to reflect on God’s presence in their lives and then to act on what that presence called them to do out in the world. Ignatian Spirituality offers us that same opportunity and challenge. How do we take time to recognize God’s presence and God’s call in our lives? And then once we’re aware of that presence and that call, how do we act on it?
Rooted in Ignatian Spirituality and characteristic of the Pacific Northwest, the ISC welcomes people of all faith traditions in their quest to find the Divine in their lives. As our mission statement articulates, the ISC attempts to respond to the spiritual hunger in our world by providing spiritual direction and programs aimed at “assisting persons of all faiths to serve Christ’s mission of compassion, healing, and justice.” The ISC aims to provide people with opportunities to recognize and respond to God in their lives. Some of our efforts educate people about Ignatian Spirituality. Others help participants apply the various principles and techniques they’ve learned to their lives. And still others provide people with experiences designed to deepen their spirituality.
about St. Ignatius of Loyola
There are many wonderful resources and literature by which you can learn more about St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits and inspiration behind Ignatian spirituality. Click here to read a full history of the life of St. Ignatius.
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