The History of Spirituality IV

Saint Ignatius of Loyola statue at Boston College

Saint Ignatius of Loyola statue at Boston College

Saint Ignatius of Loyola was our next subject of study at Boston College. I’ve never heard of the guy and had to snicker at my ignorance as I connected the dots. I’d spent days walking around campus locating the place to check-in, finding the bookstore, the library, the place to print off papers and had been walking by a huge statue of St. Ignatius, plus a fabulous church named after St. Ignatius of Loyola.

St. Ignatius, a 16th century man established the Society of Jesus. The book we had to read confounded me until it was discussed in class. Ignatius designed a 30 day exercise program to develop our spirituality. Every minute of each day was planned out.

My classmates had a few priests, who had practiced the 30-day exercise. Other classmates had done a shorter version. Apparently, there are 3, 5, and 8-day retreats.

Saint Ignatius’ method is also reaching into the 21st century through social programs. One classmate said her work of place uses a St. Ignatius method to help homeless women.

The professor talked about Aristotle’s practical wisdom, Phronesis, which spilled over into St. Ignatius’ type of spirituality.

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2 thoughts on “The History of Spirituality IV

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