Pope Francis belongs to the Society of Jesus also called Jesuits. The religious priest order is known for their devotion to education and service to the poor. The Society of Jesus was founded by a Spanish nobleman called Ignatius of Loyola in the 16th century. After having been seriously wounded in battle Ignatius experienced a profound inner conversion.  Over the following years he wrote down his spiritual journey, and these Spiritual Exercises became one of the most influential spiritual books still used today. At the heart of Ignatian spirituality is the idea that God’s presence can be discerned in everyday human experience. Therefore, Jesuit institutions teach the art of decision making with the idea that before the reform of the church needs to come the reform of the individual.  Worldwide Jesuits run schools and universities as well as retreat centers.  During their fascinating history Jesuits have been the greatest supporters and the greatest critics of the Catholic Church, called by some popes and suppressed by others.  Pope Francis is the first ever pope who belongs to the Society of Jesus.

 


 

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Walking on Water

 

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Discernment of Spirits

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Discernment of Spirits

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Discerning the Will of Gd

 

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Discerning the Will of God

 

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Discerning the Will of God
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An Ignatian introduction to Prayer

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Meditation and Contemplation

 

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Spiritual Consolation

 

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The Examen Prayer

 

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Praying the Liturgy of the Hours

 

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Jesus Meditations

 

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Experiencing Jesus

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The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyala

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Praying Body and Soul

 

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