Why Ignatian Spirituality is Appealing for Young People


Timothy Muldoon, professor at Boston College shares his thoughts on why Ignatian spirituality is appealing, but also, helpful for young people.

To paraphrase, Ignatian spirituality is asking the big questions (What do I want in life? Do I have a purpose?) but it is also the practice of asking and the practice of answering these big questions.

“It’s not intellectual,” says Muldoon. “It’s not about ideas. It’s about what you do.”

  • Do you reflect?
    Do you stop?
    Do you really pay attention to people and see them as really other human beings?
    Are you able to name what’s happening when you love someone?
    Are you able to say ‘Why is it that I have a great desire to make art, or write words or music or whatever it is…’?

The Ignatian tradition invites us to answer these questions so we may become more fully who God first desired us to be.

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