Ignatian Threads

Ignatian Threads

The Jesuits: "Placed together with Christ"

Posted by Hilda Walter on 7/31/20

August 2

For these past few weeks, this feature has highlighted the life of Ignatius of Loyola, whose feast day was July 31. Ignatius, Francis Xavier, Peter Fabre, and the four other students who took vows of devotion to God and the Church at Montmartre, referred to themselves as ... Read More »

Legacy of The Spiritual Exercises

Posted by Hilda Walter on 7/27/20

July 31 will be the Feast of St. Ignatius.

Ignatius spent a prayerful year at Manresa, living in a Dominican house where priests served as confessors, and where he found peace in praying about the Holy Trinity.  He decided that he would no longer practice extreme penances, and that ... Read More »

Ignatius and His God

Posted by Hilda Walter on 7/20/20


Though he had learned to pray, Ignatius was tormented with fear that he had not properly confessed past sins.  Seeking help from spiritual people did not calm his soul.  He continued going to confession, receiving communion, and fasting week-long, until a confessor convinced him that extreme fasting might ... Read More »

Ignatius Learns to Pray

Posted by Hilda Walter on 7/13/20


After recovering from battle injuries, Ignatius left behind his life as an earthly knight and journeyed to Jerusalem, to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. He bought a pilgrim’s staff and cloth for a robe, and gave away his expensive clothing to a poor man he met along the ... Read More »

Founder of the Jesuits

Posted by Hilda Walter on 7/09/20

July 5

The Feast Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola will be July 31, so during this month, let us recall the life of this founder of the Society of Jesus. Ignatius was a Basque soldier, who, until age 26 sought fame and renown, especially through combat and warfare.  ... Read More »

A Vision of Love

Posted by Hilda Walter on 6/29/20

Ignatian spirituality offers us a vision of love.  Ignatius believed that active loving was God’s most outstanding quality.  We have all been loved and have known loving relationships: parents, siblings, children, spouse, friends, extended family.  One of life’s greatest blessings is having someone truly care about you.  Consider that ... Read More »

The place where Jesus is!

Posted by Hilda Walter on 6/26/20

6-14-20 – Most Holy Body ^ Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

As we celebrate The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, we hear Jesus tell people he is “the living bread that came down from heaven” and that “whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal ... Read More »

God's Great Love

Posted by Hilda Walter on 6/08/20

6-7-20 – Most Holy Trinity

In today’s Gospel celebrating The Most Holy Trinity, we hear Jesus’ words: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.” In Week #29 of The Spiritual Exercises, many weeks of prayer culminate as we experience God’s boundless and unconditional love.  Our ... Read More »

Holy Spirit, Breathe on Me!

Posted by Hilda Walter on 6/01/20

5-31-20 – Pentecost

We hear in the Gospel according to John that a locked door does not prevent the Risen Jesus from joining the gathering of his fearful disciples. He appears in recognizable form and stands in their midst. How would we react? How do we, in fact, perceive ... Read More »

With Us Always

Posted by Hilda Walter on 5/22/20

5-24-20 –Celebrate the Ascension

In our celebration of Jesus’ Ascension, let‘s use imaginative Gospel contemplation and put ourselves on the mountain to where Jesus had directed his disciples. Throughout Scripture, mountains have been settings of transcendence, places to ‘meet’ God.  We come to see what our Risen Lord wants ... Read More »


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