A Spirituality of Hope
When the ground we stand upon is unstable, how do we gain a foothold?
Well, we've learned something from St. Ignatius of Loyola, a regular lay person who lived in the midst of a turbulent world such as ours. Following the path he laid out for inner maturity, his followers did something different than many religious groups who fled the world. They turned toward the world and put their hands to plow - to help people chart paths to purpose and hope and healing.
For centuries now, followers of Ignatius have helped people recognize the Spirit of God in their hearts, whether or not those people choose to understand themselves religiously or not. (Shakespeare noted, "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet" and we know that wisdom of faith by any other name can liberate the goodness among us.)
Ignatians look at their own hearts and, with equal deliberateness, look at the world. It's a skill and discipline that leaves us saying "yes" to entering deeply into all that is human. Interested? Make some time for the articles below....