About the Conference
The Spirituality Conference focuses on the Fourth Week of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. The first talk: From Death to Life: Bridging the Third and Fourth Weeks will treat the natural disconnect between the Third Week of Jesus' passion and death and the Fourth Week of his resurrection.
While the Fourth Week of the Exercises draws us deeper into relationship with the risen Christ, the cross remains. The second keynote talk of the conference, LaStorta's Risen Christ: Carrying the Cross in Life's Ordinariness, focuses on finding God in all things. Ignatian spirituality does not focus on suffering, pain, the cross, dark nights. Rather, we seek to follow Christ in all things, even as our following brings us to the cross. If we are to love God in all things we face the challenge of loving the cross in all things.
The gift of the Fourth Week is the invitation into a new relationship with Jesus. Like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, we must learn to recognize Jesus in new ways. Their hearts were on fire as they recognized him in the breaking of the bread. This is a good description of Ignatian consolation. The third talk, ‘Were Not Our Hearts Burning?' We are Sent underscores the rhythm of the Ignatian way of proceeding: we are called, formed, sent out, called back, reformed and sent out again.
Goals of the Conference
- To enrich the knowledge and practice of Ignatian spirituality
- To empower and encourage leaders in Ignatian spirituality and in the works rooted in this spirituality
- To share experiences of various works animated by Ignatian spirituality