After five hundred years of Saint Ignatius’ conversion in Loyola, a reflection on the differences between the “subiecto” of the sixteenth century and the contemporary self may be necessary. We choose this subject regarding spiritual movements as it reflects the core of Ignatius’ personal experience and his fundamental proposal in the Spiritual Exercises in his rules for discernment of spirits. This Symposium is an invitation to reflect on the different psychological processes involved in the Ignatian way of understanding and proposing the spiritual experience. This selected topic for the conference seeks to understand, from a contemporary perspective, the Ignatian link between the diversity and the superficiality of emotions and thoughts that we experience and the depth of the movements of the Spirit that reveal to us how to decide in our concrete Christian life.
“Perceiving and knowing the different movements…”
This Symposium is an invitation to reflect on the different psychological processes involved in the Ignatian way of understanding and proposing the spiritual experience. This selected topic for the conference seeks to understand, from a contemporary perspective, the Ignatian link between the diversity and the superficiality of emotions and thoughts that we experience and the depth of the movements of the Spirit that reveal to us how to decide in our concrete Christian life.
Thursday, June 20th
The first evening of the symposium will be dedicated to making a first approach to the topic, exploring how the ignatian spirituality is a way of finding God in human structure and making a status quaestionis.
Friday, June 21st
“Mociones” (Interior Movements): Psychology and Ignatian Spirituality
The day explores the meaning of the interior movements in Ignatian spirituality and in present-day psychology. The themes move, therefore, from the analysis of Ignatian spiritual texts to the search for the psychological foundations of the interior movements in today’s perspective.
Saturday, June 22nd
Different Interior Movements and in Tension
The theme of the second day is to deal with inner movements as a potential source of conflict. Conflict in terms of difficulty in “feeling and knowing the innter movements,” for which a vital learning is needed; or conflicting inner movements generated around sin and guilt; as well as female accents in the experience of inner movements.
Sunday, June 23rd
Towards an Ignatian Psychology
The third day focuses on the possible Ignatian contribution to psychology or, going further, the possibility of speaking of an “Ignatian Psychology”. We can find in Ignatian anthropology elements for an Ignatian psychology, and the very concept of inner movement seems to point in that direction. In any case, it will undoubtedly be possible to formulate some Ignatian contributions to psychology.
Monday, June 24th
Conclusions and Synthesis
The final day will focus on collecting the contributions from the previous days with the idea of reaching shared conclusions and syntheses that will serve as the final closure of the symposium.
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An incomparable venue: Loyola Sanctuary
The Sanctuary of Loyola is located in the valley of the river Urola (Guipúzcoa). It was built in the 17th century around the tower-house of the Loyola family. Two events made Loyola the center of a continuous pilgrimage: the birth of Ignatius of Loyola (1491) and his conversion (1521). After the battle of Pamplona, Ignacio was transferred to his tower-house. There, without being able to entertain himself with the chivalrous literatures, he will ask for some reading to spend the hours of his convalescence. His sister-in-law Magdalena de Araoz will offer him The Life of Christ of Ludolfo of Saxony and the Legend of the Saints of Jacob of Varazze. This time will be the occasion of his first conversion, which brought about a change in his outlook, discernment and questions about his past and present life.