The Spiritual Exercises began as notes that St. Ignatius kept as he talked to men and women about their experience in prayer and their struggles to make good decisions based on that prayer. Over the centuries, Jesuits have published an incredible variety of books, guides and pamphlets to help people learn how to pray in an Ignatian manner. Today the web and app stores offer a new approach to this great spiritual tradition of aids to prayer.
Reimagining the Examen
One of the newest offerings is Reimagining the Examen by Mark Thibodeaux, SJ, a member of this province. Originally published as a book by Loyola Press, Reimagining the Examen is now available as an app through iTunes or Google Play.
The following sites offer prayers in the Ignatian tradition or information about Ignatian Spirituality. The first four resources offer different approaches to daily prayer, and all four are also available as apps for your phone or tablet. The next three sites offer resources for learning more about Ignatian spirituality. Creighton University’s site is another pioneer that offers an incredible range of resources.
We are pleased to be one of the sponsors of JesuitPrayer.org. Daily prayer is essential for nourishing our relationship with Christ. Daily Scripture, reflection, and prayer fortifies us in God’s faithfulness as we respond to his invitation to move through your day in a spirit of service to others. JesuitPrayer.org offers a prayer experience every day of the week, with reflections rooted in Ignatian spirituality.
A ministry of Loyola Press, 3 Minute Retreats invite you to take a short prayer break to reflect on a Scripture passage.
The British Jesuits developed this audio podcast of a daily meditation based on the readings of the day with music and a brief reflection. It is designed to be used as people travel to and from work every day as well as at home. The site also offers a guided Examen prayer as well as Stations of the Cross.
One of the first online sources of Ignatian prayer, Sacred Space is now available in 19 languages. It offers a simple, step-by-step format that many people find very conducive to learning how to pray.
Ignatian spirituality is a way to pray, an approach to making decisions, a point of view about God, and a practical guide to everyday life. Loyola Press in Chicago developed IgnatianSpirituality.com as a way of seeing God actively involved in the world and intimately involved with us in every moment and place.
SPEX.ignatianspirituality.com is a digitally enhanced experience of The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola intended for spiritual directors, practitioners, extenders, and promoters of Ignatian spirituality. This resource is designed to support those who lead others in the Exercises, whether as a 30-day retreat, a 19th annotation retreat, or some other variation.
The Jesuit Post is a project of Jesuits in formation. Nearly all of the contributors are not-yet-ordained Jesuits studying theology or philosophy, or working in our Jesuit ministries. They aim to show that faith is relevant to today’s culture and that God is already at work in it.