Presentation on theme: "“Ignatius and Jesuit Education”…HW HW: read handout “Ignatius and the Jesuit Tradition of Education” for next class… Write a one page typed essay (not."— Presentation transcript:
“Ignatius and Jesuit Education”…HW HW: read handout “Ignatius and the Jesuit Tradition of Education” for next class… Write a one page typed essay (not half a page…) answering these questions (due Wednesday/Thursday): “How does the mission statement at Xavier follow these ideals?” How do we, as students at Xavier, follow these ideals? Cite specific examples of your experience! You must: A. read Xavier’s mission statement (found on the Xavier High School website). B. reference Xavier’s mission statement directly in your essay.
Ignatius and Jesuit Education Three main ideals: 1. Spirituality 2. Studies 3. Service These three ideals are all components of our definition of a disciple…
A disciple is… “a student in communion with others, striving for a close relationship with God, and one who is called and given the courage to serve…” How does Ignatius embody this definition?
Ignatius and Jesuit Education: “Spirituality” Spiritual Exercises = designed for others to discern God’s will… Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm: context, experience, reflection, action, and evaluation
Ignatius and Jesuit Education: “Spirituality” “1 st Principle and Foundation of the Spiritual Exercises:” The goal of our life = live with God… Out of love, God gave us life…created us! All things are gifts from God…so that we can know God more easily… And give love to others more readily… freely choose to give love!
1 st Principle and Foundation… “we must make ourselves indifferent to all created things…we should not prefer health to sickness, riches to poverty, honor to dishonor, a long life to a short life. The same holds for all other things...” Another component to consider: INDIFFERENCE…what does this mean?
Indifference… Key Ignatian spiritual concept meaning: Not the idea of not caring… It is unbiased and impartial… Not bound to things…not living for the means, but rather for the END GOAL!
Indifference… If we are indifferent, then we have real freedom, because we are able to choose those things which will lead us to serve the Lord best, which is the end goal! Indifference leads to making choices for the greater good, and not for our individual goods = MAGIS! (striving for “the more” = more love…)
Ignatius and Jesuit Education: “Spirituality” “Finding God in all things…” Both transcendent and immanent understanding of the divine… Where can we derive this belief from? Creation God is pleased… all if is good… then created in the image and likeness of God… And we must love and care for all!
Ignatius and Jesuit Education: “Studies” Rigorous course of academic study Well-formed thinkers…future leaders! Strive for excellence… JSEA: open to growth, loving, religious, intellectually competent, committed to doing justice Well – formed = “Cura Personalis”…what does this mean?
“ Cura Personalis : A key Ignatian Ideal” Means the “care of the individual person”… Calls for personal relationships… …WE can learn from you, the student, just as you can learn from us!! Attention to the unique needs of others, circumstances, concerns, and the respect of all the different/diverse gifts one may have… And the call to cultivate/enhance those gifts and talents…
Ignatius and Jesuit Education: “Service” “for the greater glory of God…AMDG!” “MAGIS” = means the more…strive to be more than ordinary and willed to love others! “love ought to manifest itself more by deeds than by words…” What does this mean? What are we called to do?
To conclude... Why is love so important? How does love fit into the themes of Ignatian Education and thought? How are we called to love? What do we love? Pedro Arrupe… “Falling in Love”
St Ignatius of Loyola The l ll life of a disciple of Christ is a pilgrimage journey that requires constant efforts at: 1.R enewal 2.T ransformation 3.C onversion
St Ignatius of Loyola “renewal, transformation, conversion…” – Why must we have constant renewal? – Always being distorted by external world Example of modern renewal? – Examples… Communal Mass Personal Penance As Christians this is what we are called to do: 1.Enter a new life, identity, to become part of the new covenant 2.Enter a new relationship with God Which sacraments give us this ability?
St Ignatius of Loyola “a disciple of Christ is on a pilgrimage journey…” ongoing process that is developed throughout our lives, experience, and choices – Identifies that discipleship, following Christ, is an ongoing process that is developed throughout our lives, experience, and choices It is something that is lived out through reflecting on our Christian virtues!! It is something that is lived out through reflecting on our Christian virtues!!
St Ignatius of Loyola “it requires constant effort...” – This journey and life is not easily lived – If lived, demands a conscientious choice with a strong conviction to walk this road – We are called to habitually incorporate this into our full life = remember VIRTUE formation!! Where have we seen this already in past individuals we have studied?
St Ignatius of Loyola If Ignatius believed discipleship was a journey, then he believed he was a pilgrim… – What would guide this pilgrim’s way? Ignatius= a Pilgrim… guided by the Jesus of the Gospels = the Incarnate Christ!! Common theme of all ppl we have studied = the Incarnation Why? Meaning of the Incarnation?
HW: a look at Pedro Arrupe’s message “to fall in love…” Your HW is to read the “Contemplation to attain Love” handout and the poem “Falling in Love” by Pedro Arrupe… Answer these questions in a typed 1 page reflection, due Thursday March 11 th for Sections 2 and 3 due Friday March 12 th for Section 1: 1. How does the concept of “finding God in all things” fit into these readings? Cite specific examples from the readings! 2. What are you in love with? What are you passionate about? What gets you out of bed in the morning?