February 2018

Love at the Heart of Lent

Dear Friends of Loyola Institute:

By happy coincidence St. Valentine's Day falls on Ash Wednesday, which may serve as a favorable reminder that Lent is about love and gratitude.  Ash Wednesday urgently reminds us  that we are earth and to earth we shall return.  Simultaneously this blessing reminds us that we are brothers and sisters of the incarnate Lord, the body of Christ.  In the words of the Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner, "[By these words] "remember you are dust and to dust you shall return," we are told everything that we are:  nothingness that is filled with eternity; death that teems with life; futility that's redeemed; dust that is God's life forever"  ( The Eternal Year, 62).  Love will have the last word. 

Long ago the Greek tragedian Aeschylus declared, "It is through suffering that learning comes."  By that measure, we should all be super wise!  But it's more than that:  it's through suffering united with Christ that we become united as tendrils and branches to the vine that is Christ.  United with Christ, we are the Body of Christ and hence all children of the one God.  God has created us in Love, and so united as brothers and sisters our daily prayer can be "Thank you, thank you, thank You."

That's what Lent is about.  It's a deepening of Love that pours itself out in gratitude and thanksgiving.  These gifts align us with God so that our decisions are attuned with the divine heart.  Likewise, our own mission at Loyola Institute echoes this truth:  we are setting hearts on fire for the love of God, for the world and for others.

With blessings,
Fr. Patrick Howell, S.J.
Executive Director,  ad interim
LIS Seeks Dynamic Executive Director

Loyola Institute for Spirituality  (LIS) seeks a new Executive Director to lead a vigorous program of contemporary spirituality for leadership in the church and society. 
LIS accompanies people on their journey toward a life-giving relationship with God, self, and others, to help transform the world.

At a Glance

Finding God in the Dark, our popular film series that explores Ignatian Spirituality, started, but it's not too late to participate.  You can attend individual movies. 

We wish you a blessed Lent.  May the forty-day journey bring your closer to God's love in your life.  

Human Development & Spiritual Maturing, the fourth class of our Ignatian Spiritual Formation Program begins on Thursday, February 22.  This course may be taken independently from the program.  We explore human development and the way the individual develops in his or her relationship with God.  

Are you looking for some time to rest and reflect on your relationship with God?  Our team is working hard to create a wonderful retreat experience for our upcoming Ignatian Weekend Retreat, March 2-4, 2018 at the Pro-Sanctity Center in Fullerton, CA.  

Our Mission

The Loyola Institute for Spirituality, founded in 1997, 
works to promote a faith-that-does-justice, in the tradition of St. Ignatius.  

We declare our mission to be:
Setting Hearts on Fire with love of God for the world.
We bring spirituality to life by:
-Inviting spiritual seekers to transformation
-Fostering Ignatian formation and education
-Nurturing discipleship