Ignatius of Loyola
Model of Lay Spirituality
Ecology Project, Guelph
for the New
Story of Universal
, Ignatius had a mystical experience along the Cardoner River outside of Manresa
was foundational to his spirituality and the development of the Exercises. He
sense of being immersed in God. He was given a deep sense of how
all creatures emanate rom God and, in Christ, return to God; how Jesus Christ
completes human nature in taking our flesh; and how Christ is present in the Sacrament.
He grasped that Gods plan is really a project that each person on earth
contributes to, and how what God hopes for us rises in our consciousness and,
by Gods grace, free enactment. As he gazed at the river, Ignatius
received the insight that a person cant step into the same river twice;
that Gods plan is continually unfolding and that all of creation, past,
present, and future are one. And we are co-creators
in this plan.
In this section
we will explore how the Ignatian view of 'encountering God in all things' calls
us to full participation in the Universe Story as individuals and as community.