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TITLE Basic Themes of Ignatian Spirituality

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Moral Theology

DESCRIPTION The dynamic core of the spirituality of St Ignatius Loyola is the personal encounter with Jesus Christ. A shared legacy which is better lived than talked about, Ignatian spirituality is neither limited to the personal historical experience of St Ignatius, nor to the Jesuits who at any one moment and throughout history constitute the Society of Jesus. This way of listening to and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ guides men and women of all ages in the most varied cultural and social contexts. Its application extends beyond the Catholic Church into the life of other Christian churches. Furthermore, inter-religious dialogue, in particular the dialogue of life, presents new frontiers where this experience can be a living sign of the Incarnation.

The decisive orientation of Ignatian spirituality to the greater glory of God always takes human experience into account. Contemplative-in-action, its outlook is world-affirming and refreshingly reverent. The course guides us on a journey through these essential themes: Finding God in all things, the Examen, Indifference, the Two Standards, the Call of the King, the greater glory of God, Discernment.

Participants are encouraged to relate suggested reading material on different aspects of Ignatian spirituality to contemporary culture and current international and local issues.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course the student should:
a) attain familiarity with the core elements of Ignatian spirituality
b) identify contemporary situations where insights acquired from Ignatian spirituality could be applied, on a personal as well as on a social level

Reading List

- ARRUPE, PEDRO. Essential Writings. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2005.
- DECLOUX, SIMON. The Ignatian Way. Trans. Cornelius M. Buckley. Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1991.
- O’MALLEY, JOHN W. The First Jesuits. Cambridge, Mass. and London, Harvard University Press, 2002.
- MODRAS, RONALD. Ignatian Humanism. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2004.
- SAINT IGNATIUS LOYOLA, A Pilgrim's Journey: The Autobiography of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Trans. Joseph Tylenda. Mahwaw, NJ: Paulist Press, 2001.
- SAINT IGNATIUS LOYOLA Personal Writings. Translated by Joseph A. Munitiz and Philip Endean. London and New York: Penguin Books, 1996.
- SANT’INJAZJU TA’ LOYOLA, L-Eżerċizzi Spiritwali, Maqlub għall-Malti minn Pawlu Mallia SJ u Arthur G. Vella SJ. Naxxar, Provinċja Maltija tal-Kumpanija ta’ Ġesù, 2007.
- SILF, MARGARET, Inner Self, Chicago: Loyola Press, 2007.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%


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