Ignatian Spirituality in Everyday Lives - 25 March, 15 April, 20 May

This message was added on 2024-04-06


Is your spiritual life bogged down with the worries of the world? Do you feel as though your Christian journey is held back by personal issues and in need of a revival? If so then the uncomplicated way of Ignatian Spirituality is for you. Join us as we journey with him through the three days of an unlikely start and disaster, followed by realisation and change.

This is a series of three days, designed to be taken as one retreat.  While each day is different, they have been formed as a series, very much like a series of books, and the retreat price includes all three days. However, if you are unable to attend all dates, please contact the office to enquire about availability and book in for one or two days at £45 per day.

The individual days are as follows:

Monday 25 March - Finding God in All Things.
A pilgrimage presents itself to us as it did to Ignatius, but like him, the decision to take the Christian pilgrim`s path, the narrow path, is ours. We could have taken the easy route, and ignored the other path, but like Ignatius, we didn`t. Here we reflect on how his and our journeys began, despite the setbacks, and how we can participate fully in the way that Ignatius lived out his inner vision.

Monday 15 April - Encountering Jesus in the Gospel.
God is aware of our nervousness, mistakes and lack of knowledge. God also knows our potential, our gifts and talents and will nurture them and use them all as our journey progresses, just as He did with Ignatius. Here we will find that the words of Paul in Corinthians apply: "brothers and sisters, consider the time of your calling. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise. God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong." Here we will reflect on how our and Ignatius`s seeming failures were in fact successes and explore God`s plan for us all.

Monday 20 May - Seeking the Motions of the Soul.
Just as Ignatius did, we struggle and stumble, and looking at Ignatius`s life we see a lot of that. We make mistakes but we learn from them as our journey continues. Pope Francis said that he would rather see a church that is out in the world, getting into accidents, then a church that is passive, ingrown, and sick. The same applies to Christians - our desire to know every detail before we move forward in our spiritual journey will stop us in our tracks. In this retreat we will reflect on how like Ignatius, our journey, while having many problems is one of activity and effort.


During each day, there will be free time in the day for reflection, maybe for a prayer walk around the Penhurst triangle, or time in the art room or garden.

Please arrive from 9.30-9.45am for coffee and a welcome talk, before the retreat begins at 10am prompt. Lunch is included and will be served at 12:30pm.