Ignatius of Loyola starts his Spiritual Exercises with the “Principle & Foundation” which in many respects encapsulates the whole thrust of the Exercises. Over several posts, I want to share with you some “principles and foundations” of Ignatian Spirituality.
We begin with: Ignatian Spirituality seeks to quicken our desire for God’s love.
Ignatius believed and, today, Jesuits continue to believe that each of us is created to have a full and glorious relationship with God. Many people don’t recognize that they have a “God-shaped hole” in their hearts and it is a goal of Ignatian Spirituality to “quicken” – which here means “to give energy to,” “to help along,” “to encourage” — people’s desire to find God’s love.
As you probably know, in Jesuit and Ignatian circles, the word “desire” is very, very important. Ignatius believed that our deepest desires always lead us to God. In Ignatius’ time, this was quite a radical notion and, for some, it still might be.