Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

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Ignatian Mysticism and Spirituality

  • Konrad Joseph Noronha
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27771-9_9363-1


Paths to finding God vary in different spiritualities. Although spiritual approaches might vary, the search is for the same – God. A Christian spiritual experience acknowledges that God is ‘“for us” (NRSV, Rom 8:31), “with us” (NRSV, Mt 1: 23), and “in us” (NRSV, Rom 5:1). Ignatian spirituality, a spirituality in the Roman Catholic tradition, with its gifts and characteristics is one such spirituality that evolved from the lived experience of St. Ignatius of Loyola (Herrera 2000), the founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). He developed an understanding for guiding persons, which was different from what was present in his times. This spirituality is useful with clients who want religion or spirituality incorporated in their treatment.

Ignatian spirituality emphasizes that God can be encountered in creatures, images, and symbols, in everything, because God manifests in creation and salvation history. Also, Christ who is God’s real symbol presents God (Egan 1978). Dulles...


Spiritual Tradition Catholic Tradition Spiritual Exercise Spiritual Journey Real Symbol 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jnana Deepa VidyapeethPuneIndia