St Ignatius was the author of a book called The Spiritual Exercises, literally ‘exercises’ to help people pray and to reflect on their lives. He encouraged people to give time to this through a retreat and through conversation which allowed them to get in touch with their deepest desires. Indeed the first Jesuits were called ‘friends in the Lord’ or ‘Companions of Jesus’ and today too this ministry of ‘spiritual companionship’ (also called ‘spiritual guidance’ or ‘spiritual direction’), along with retreats and prayer in various forms, is at the heart of the ‘way of St Ignatius’ or what we call ‘Ignatian spirituality’.
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To read more about Ignatian spirituality we invite you to click on the following link which will take you to Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality esuit Centre of Spirituality in Dublin or, if you prefer, to follow one of the other links on our Links page.