Need an easy way to introduce students, young adults, or groups to Ignatian spirituality? Beginning with the Principle and Foundation and culminating with the Contemplatio, Desires of the Heart: Themes of Ignatian Spirituality is a ten-week series that was designed to introduce undergraduate students to the basic aspects of Ignatian spirituality in a short, easily digestible way. But, it can be used for most any population.
Each gathering is intentionally short, lasts approximately 20 minutes, and may precede Mass, adoration, or another prayerful time. For students, it may be fitting for it to be offered in the spring semester, concluding just before Easter break. Those in the midst of making major transitions (graduation, finding a job) may find themes of discernment especially helpful.
Desires of the Heart has already been offered at three Jesuit universities: Georgetown University, Fordham University, and Boston College.
I sure love Ignatious and his exercises!!!! I rembeemr well my silent/directed retreat in college. talk about powerful! Yowswers!!!!!!!!! One thing that has always followed me from that weekend is that God is with us even in our own darkness .so we don’t need to fear it,for even in darkness there is light. Granted we may have to look harder for it somedays but,its always there. I still think of all the young men and women on that retreat with me on ocassion greatful for the bond and community that formed there, even in the silence. I know without a doubt we were all praying one another through our rough spots, both collective and personal. And most of all I left that week with an overwhelming sense of gratitude and God’s love. (Hmm me thinks this week might be a good week to re read my journal from that retreat and see what it speaks to me now.) Blessings .you can be assurred of my prayers during what sounds to be a crazy, busy, hectic, week. Peace .