MOST HOLY TRINITY IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY CENTER
Our mission is to bring people closer to God, to go deeper to know Jesus and to find God in all things through the practice of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Our aim is to educate people about Ignatian Spirituality and provide support and companionship to those who desire to apply the various principles and techniques to their lives.
We are part of the Most Holy Trinity Parish, a Jesuit Parish in San Jose. The Lay Minister, Margarita Hua, Director of the Center, with a team of volunteers, collaborates with resident Jesuit priests to provide spiritual programs that serve both local parishioners as well as those outside the parish who are thirsty to find God in all things. The Center seeks to serve on both the parochial and diocesan
levels (and beyond) in the work of evangelization – reaching out to all people who
want to know more about Ignatian Spirituality and/or the Spiritual Exercises.
St. Ignatius of Loyola was born in 1491, one of 13 children of a family of minor nobility in the north of Spain. While engaged in a military fight against the French, in 1521, he was seriously wounded. The reading and reflection that accompanied his long convalescence led to a dramatic conversion. Out of this experience came the resolve to bring all his life under the region of Christ, most especially his inner life of attitudes and thoughts. As he developed an approach for cultivating and refining Christlike attitudes, Ignatius laid the foundation for his most famous literary work, Spiritual Exercises were written in 1522, published in 1548.
Ignatian spirituality is characterized by an accurate, rigid, and formative approach that stresses discipline (physical and mental), and continued self-examination. The essence of Christianity is understood as the imitation of Christ. Prayer, meditation, and reflection upon the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ are aids to developing conformity to the image of Christ. His interest in the “discernment of spirits” connected the cultivation of Christian character with a person's decision-making processes. The Jesuit Order founded by Ignatius (1540) stands for his understanding of Christian Spirituality. The Jesuits took his Spiritual Exercises as their rule for spiritual life. Its popularity and use in the Order gradually turned Spiritual Exercises into a textbook for renewal that was appreciated throughout the Church.
(reference from Invitation to Christian Spirituality, John Tyson)