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The foundational experience of Ignatius of Loyola

Our process is founded on Ignatius’ experience of discernment at the time of his conversion. He subsequently set this out in the Spiritual Exercises in order that others might have a similar experience.

Ignatius became conscious that a particular project in life brought about a sense of lasting and empowering joy, while other possible paths left him dry and dissatisfied.

Thoughts that lead to lasting joy are referred to by Ignatius as “inspired by the good spirit”; while those thoughts that left him dry and discontent were, he said, “insinuated by the bad spirit.”

The “discernment of spirits” orients our personal and collective life in the direction of the True Life.

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