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Ignatian Spirituality

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Ignatian spirituality is a spirituality for everyday life. It insists that God is present in our world and active in our lives. It is a pathway to deeper prayer, good decisions guided by keen discernment, and an active life of service to others.

Here, we are introduced to a daily practice adapted from Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual ExercisesThe Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern his direction for us.  The Examen is an ancient practice in the Church that can help us see God’s hand at work in our whole experience.

The Examen of Consciousness is a way to consider where you found God in the events of your day and where you got in the way of finding God in those events. Regular daily practice of the Examen allows you to reflect on the person you are and are becoming. This six-minute video, produced by the Jesuits of the California Province, brings together Jack White, SJ; Ken Styles, SJ; Tony Sauer, SJ; Ed Fassett, SJ; Mary Ahlbach; Mark Thibodeaux, SJ; Dermot Murray, SJ; and Elizabeth Liebert, SNJM, to reflect on the Examen as a daily spiritual practice.

Author: Daniela

I will forever be grateful that I was introduced to the utility and beauty of hand crafted products early in life - from the symbolic motifs sewn into the coarse linen fabric of Croatian traditional wear to the colorful Kilim carpets that decorated the parquet floors in my grandmother's living room. I treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," the smell of the flower stalls in the open air market where my grandmother bought produce early every morning for the day’s meals and the summers spent at my great grandmother's where the village wags would come to gossip over thick, black Turkish coffee in her cool stone kitchen. Someone noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world - one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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