We all share in the same mission, within and alongside the church.
Mission Has a Church
March 29, 2017 - by Kevin O'Brien
(During this Lenten season, we are taking time to reflect on some of the values that are fundamental both to the Ignatian life and to our organization. We will take a look at spirituality, spiritual direction, collaboration, leadership, and mission, focusing on how these values are understood in the Ignatian tradition.)
It’s been said that the church doesn’t have a mission, the Mission has a church. In looking at what “mission” means from an Ignatian context, I find this helpful. For the concepts that make up what we understand as “Ignatian Spirituality” give us a way of perceiving the world and our place in it. Among these concepts are the goodness of creation and our gratitude for all around us; the acknowledgement that we are graced sinners and desire to be forgiven and made whole through God’s love; that we share that love with all around us; that Christ walks alongside us as we partner in building God’s Kingdom of justice and righteousness.
None of these concepts were necessarily original to Ignatius. Of course, he built upon the work of the women and men of the church who came before him. His great contribution to the church and the world was to unite all this into a coherent system as well as to give us some practical tools that make these concepts real in our daily lives. Prayer forms like the Examen, Ignatian Contemplation and of course the foundational experience of Ignatian Spirituality – the Spiritual Exercises – ground us in the reality around us, but also motivate us to become active co-creators of the new heaven and earth that was promised.
Thus, there is no “Ignatian mission” per se. We all share in the same mission, within and alongside the church. There are Ignatian inspired people and communities around the world who are committed to living out this mission from a particular perspective, that of freely sharing what we’ve been freely given, namely everything.
Nov. 2, 2017 - Today is the feast of All Souls, when many Christians remember family members and friends who have died. Please join us as we prayerfully remember the Jesuit priests and brothers who were called to home to God.
On Oct. 21-22, 2017, Jesuit educated grads and friends of the Society will gather for Masses along the East Coast, which will feature a reception where they can learn about volunteer programs, spiritual development opportunities and other ways to take part in the many offerings of Jesuit ministries.
Aug. 11, 2017 - On Sat., Aug. 12, 2017, seven Jesuit novices from the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces will profess vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in the Society of Jesus at Holy Cross Church in DeWitt, N.Y.
July 28, 2017 — In honor of the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, we have assembled a list of excerpts from just a few of his 7,000 letters. Read about the saint’s timeless insights on encouragement, poverty and prayer.
Applications are now being accepted for "The Ignatian Charism for the World Today: An International Immersion Course on Ignatian Spirituality," which is offered by the "Cova Sant Ignasi" International Center for Spirituality in Manresa, Spain. The course, offered in English, is limited to 35 participants, and applications will be accepted through mid-September 2017.
Free, online access to numerous scholarly publications and sources in the Jesuit Studies field is now available, thanks to a project of the Boston College Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies. The Portal to Jesuit Studies is meant to serve as a "Jesuit Google," strengthening the institute's efforts to serve as a resource on the history, spirituality, and pedagogy of the Society of Jesus.