The Ignatian or Jesuit spirituality is based upon the ideas of Ignatius Loyola. Ignatian spirituality is often referred to as Jesuit spirituality; they are both based upon Catholic traditional spirituality. The Ignatian exercises are designed to free one from their own personal opinions, so they can truly understand the will of God. The true follower of the Ignatian faith places God first above all others. Their decisions are based upon the glory of God, and are meant to honor God. One of the spiritual exercises states, “Lord grant that I may see you more clearly, love thee more dearly, and follow thee more nearly.”
From New York to California, the Ignatian or Jesuit retreats are found throughout the United States. Each retreat center is considered a center for spiritual renewal. The spiritual renewal center typically has a theme such as; a spiritual center for women and men in recovery. During the Ignatian retreat many hours are spent in individual and group prayer sessions. They believe prayer allows one to communicate directly with God and understand God’s will. The intense prayer and individual reflection often bring a sense of inner peace.