Our mission in Spirituality
The ministry of giving the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises
is one of the most important missions of the Society of Jesus. The
Exercises are an effective instrument by which God acts to bring about
spiritual and personal transformation in our time and culture. They help
people to be reconciled with God, with themselves and with each other.
In a world of joys and sorrows, hopes and tears, brokenness and
goodness, the Lord makes his healing presence felt on a daily basis. In
the Spiritual Exercises, and in Ignatian Spirituality as a whole,
we find ways of sharing with our brothers and sisters the experience of
the incarnation of the Lord.
Motions of the soul
Our faith calls us to be united with God, serve God,
and share our gifts in service. Finding God’s will is a search for each
of us and Ignatian Spirituality offers us the tool of discernment in
order to do this. Discernment is the interpretation of what St. Ignatius
Loyola called the motions of the soul. These interior movements
consist of thoughts, imaginings, emotions, inclinations, desires,
feelings, repulsions, and attractions. Spiritual discernment involves
becoming sensitive to these movements, reflecting on them, and
understanding where they come from and where they lead us.
The Holy Father stresses the importance of discernment and of helping people grow in this capacity: