Prayer Podcast

The School of St Ignatius

27/03/2015 5:32 pm

St Ignatius

Today it's the turn of St Ignatius as we look at Ignatian prayer and spirituality for our Schools of Prayer podcast series.

St Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesus - the Jesuits - in 1540. Today there are over 18,000 priests and brothers present in more than 100 countries.

One of the 18,000 just so happens to be our current Holy Father, Pope Francis. His heart for social justice, deep prayer and inspirational teaching in some ways makes him a typical Jesuit.

So who can tell us more about St Ignatius and his teaching? How can we learn from Ignatian Spirituality to deepen our own prayer by having that personal encounter with God - that face-to-face conversation?

We visited Campion Hall in Oxford to speak to Dr Rob Marsh SJ:

"Of all the things I could say about Ignatius of Loyola's attitude to prayer, the one that strikes me most, is his belief that God is alive and active in the world and in our lives - in every corner of them. God can be found in all things.

"Prayer is the aspect of our life where we consciously practice at our relationship with a God we also find in our work and in our play. Or maybe it's better to say where God finds us."


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School of St Ignatius 8.36 MB

Duration: 6m 3s


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Our web section for Schools of Prayer.

Official website for Campion Hall, University of Oxford.
Jesuits in Britain - Official site.
Pray as you go is a daily prayer resource to help you pray whenever you can find time.
Thinking Faith is the online journal of the Jesuits in Britain. It has many excellent, thought-provoking articles and reviews.
This podcast series is a joint Bishops' Conference and Clifton Diocese production.