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What Pope Francis' Ignatian Spirituality Can Teach Us

Maybe it's because the new Pope is a Jesuit, but Jesuits and their spirituality - called "Ignatian Spirituality" after their founder, Ignatius of Loyola - have been on my mind a lot lately.
I'm a big fan of Ignatian Spirituality, having practiced it since first being introduced to it shortly after college.
By "practiced" I mean I've had the good fortune of meeting with Jesuit spiritual directors for the past 30 years; the bedrock of my prayer life is Ignatius' Daily Examen, and I've completed many silent retreats called "the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius" -- many 3-day retreats and one 5-day retreat, and I choose to begin my 2005 sabbatical with a 14-day silent retreat at the Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos.  
My purpose here is not to summarize the spiritual exercises in particular or Ignatian Spirituality in general - if you want a good resource for that, I highly recommend FindingGod in All Things and the new, absolutely fanta…