21 December 2022

An Ecological Examen for 2022

28 November 2022

Discerning Revival – to choose the way of loving consolation

Christmas is around the corner, and we are entering the season of Advent – this wonderful time in our liturgical calendar set aside to encourage us to reflect and prepare for the coming of our […]
28 November 2022

Pope Francis – The elements of discernment: Familiarity with the Lord

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! We resume our catecheses on the theme of discernment — because the theme of discernment is very important in order to know what is going on within us. To know […]
28 November 2022

Reflection on some of Ignatius’ Rules for Discernment

28 November 2022

Advent – a time to revive our hearts and minds

8 November 2022

Discerning Survival Strength – for our lives and for the planet

31 October 2022

Pope Francis – Discernment, an example of Ignatius Loyola

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! We are continuing our reflection on discernment — during this time we will speak about spiritual discernment every Wednesday — and in doing so, referring to a specific witness […]
28 October 2022

Discernment – a Spiritual Survival Kit for today

Throughout the Gospel’s Jesus is constantly encouraging his followers not to be afraid in moments of fear and weakness. The challenge of following Jesus is to be fully present and witness to the Gospel in […]
11 October 2022

An Introduction to Discernment

7 October 2022

Survival Strength

5 October 2022

Pope Francis – What does it mean to discern?

Dear brothers and sisters, good day! Today we begin a new series of catecheses: we have finished the catechesis on old age, now we begin a new series dealing with discernment. Discernment is an important […]
4 October 2022

What is Ignatian Discernment

31 August 2022

Listen To The Voice Of Creation – Discern How You Will Respond

31 August 2022

Season of Creation

31 August 2022

Our suffering Mother Earth – What is God asking of me?

31 August 2022

In Nature we can meet God

31 August 2022

Spirit Hovers Over Creation

23 May 2022

Ignatius and the stars

28 March 2022

The Loving Gaze

14 January 2022

How pilgrimage can complement and deepen the Exercises journey

20 December 2021

O come, O come, Emmanuel

20 December 2021

The Examen

11 November 2021

Manresa poem

11 November 2021

Cardoner poem

11 November 2021

St Ignatius in Manresa

3 November 2021

A deepening of my spiritual life beyond measure

From the First Spiritual Exercises (FSE) training team, Anita Davine, reflects on the FSE ministry and her joy filled experience training a new group of FSE Givers. As I ponder the fruits and graces of the FSE […]
1 November 2021

Manresa – the city of Ignatius

Manresa 1522 – the city of Ignatius This video portrays what the city that hosted Saint Ignatius of Loyola was like almost five centuries ago. Spanish narrative, English subtitles.      
1 November 2021

From a lady’s man to being Our Lady’s man

For Ignatius at Montserrat, the Blessed Mary was a caring mother who would bring him closer to her Son, Jesus. Maurus Irsan Rimawal SJ from Myanmar reflects on Montserrat. Montserrat is a mountain 20 miles […]
1 November 2021

What do you want from me God?

On the cusp of a significant spiritual insight.’ Laetitia Puthenpadath reflects on Ignatius’ transformative experience at the foot of the black Madonna in Monserrat. ‘He was like a roughly hewn and ill-shaped piece of marble […]
1 November 2021

Two Standards – Do we protect or pollute our oceans?

This is a brief reflection of the blessed time we recently enjoyed as a family, sailing among some of the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.  The islands visited included South Mole, Lindeman, Shaw, Goldsmith, Thomas, Whitsunday, and […]
29 October 2021

‘The Way’ to Jesus – a ceramic story

Two beautiful ceramic sculptures of Ignatius with Mary – as a young boy and at Monserrat. Read what inspired Margaret Strobl, Giver of the First Spiritual Exercises, and sculptural ceramicist, to create these pieces. I’ve […]
5 October 2021


Ignatius arrived by stretcher at his family home in Azpeitia, Loyola, a broken man, physically and in every other way – a casualty of war, with a totally shattered leg, a man stopped in his tracks, […]
5 October 2021

Ignatius – The Pilgrim

Wisdom says that only in fire You will find the Beloved. Do not make a home In the certainty of words Instead, leap into the fire Until you are burnt in the fire, You haven’t […]
5 October 2021


Margaret Strobl reflects on Ignatius’ ongoing awakening of love and devotion to Mary and the shrine of Mary at Aranzazu.  This month finds our pilgrimage, under Mary’s guidance, at Loyola, Ignatius’ home. One can’t help […]
5 October 2021

Book Review: Earth Our Original Monastery

Christine V. Paintner, Earth Our Original Monastery: Cultivating Wonder and Gratitude Through Intimacy with Nature (Notre Dame: Sorin Books, 2020). ‘Cultivating wonder and gratitude through intimacy with nature’ In this reflection by Christine Paintner, who […]
5 October 2021

Responding to a call from Central Queensland

As a girl who grew up in country Queensland, I was delighted to be invited recently to visit the communities of Blackwater and Emerald as one of the team from the Faber Centre. Mary Robson, […]
5 October 2021

Like a Butterfly – Isabel’s experience of the Spiritual Exercises

I arrived at the Exercises ready to move into a cocoon, I was weary, tired, dejected, wounded, I needed tender loving care. I was ready to hide in Your cocoon. I had travelled a long […]
5 October 2021

The First Spiritual Exercises Ministry seeds scatter far and wide

The First Spiritual Exercises ministry began in Australia over 17 years ago when it was suggested to Michael Hansen SJ that he research and write about the exercises first offered by Ignatius and his companions. […]
5 October 2021

News from the First Spiritual Exercises Ministry

This month we begin a regular segment bringing you news of JISA’s First Spiritual Exercises Ministry (FSE) which is interwoven through many of our offerings. As demand for the First Spiritual Exercises is growing, the […]
5 October 2021

Jesuit Social Services

From time to time in our JISA newsletter we will feature news or appeals from the Jesuit social ministries. This month we hear from Jesuit Social Services. JSS are a social change organisation working to […]