Ignatian Spirituality: It's for Everyone


Ignatian spirituality is quite practical—it deals with the real world around us while at the same time reminding us that we have a job to do to help bring about the kind of world that God desires. It’s not a spirituality only for people who have dedicated their entire lives to religious vocations—it’s a spirituality that everyone can participate in, whether you’re coaching your child’s soccer team or putting together a budget report for your company.

Renowned author and Jesuit priest, George W. Traub, SJ, offers these core characteristics for Ignatian spirituality:

  • It empowers people to become leaders in service and to build a more just and humane world.

  • It seeks to find the divine in ALL things—in all peoples and cultures, in all areas of learning, in every human experience, and especially in the person of Jesus.

  • It stresses the need for discernment as well as the amazing freedom we find in God.

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

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

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

Although there are other facets of Ignatian spirituality not included here, these are some of the more common points.

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