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St. Ignatius of Loyola

Whatever you are doing, that which makes you feel the most alive . . . that is where God is.

St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491–1556), founder of the Jesuits, is well known for his Spiritual Exercises, a handbook of prayers, reflections, and spiritual directions for a 30-day retreat. The purpose of Spiritual Exercises is to help people understand the will of God, root out anything that keeps them from God, and commit themselves to a personal relationship with Jesus above all else. Today, millions of people have completed his exercises in a wide variety of formats.

St. Ignatius also wrote an autobiography, which forms the primary basis for our understanding of his life and his spirituality.