Ignatian Spirituality Institute

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YOU ARE INVITED:   To an Information Night  about the Ignatian Spirituality Institute on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 7 to 9 pm at John Carroll University. The meeting will be in the Faculty Lounge on the first floor of the Administration Building.

The initial deadline for applications for fall 2017 is April 1, 2017. Application materials will be available at the meeting or by request from our office. They are also posted on our website.

To RSVP please call our office 216.397.1599.

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The First Principle and Foundation of the Spiritual Exercises:

The goal of our life is to live with God forever. God who loves us, gave us life. Our own response of love allows God’s life to flow into us without limit.

All the things in this world are gifts of God, presented to us so that we can know God more easily and make a return of love more readily. As a result, we appreciate and use all these gifts of God insofar as they help us develop as loving persons.

But if any of these gifts become the center of our lives, they displace God and so hinder our growth toward our goal. In everyday life, then, we must hold ourselves in balance before all of these created gifts insofar as we have a choice and are not bound by some obligation.We should not fix our desires on health or sickness,wealth or poverty, success or failure, a long life or short one. For everything has the potential of calling forth in us a deeper response to our life in God.

Our only desire and our one choice should be this: I want and I choose what better leads to the deepening of God’s life in me.

                           – Saint Ignatius of Loyola
(Paraphrased by David Fleming, S.J.)