Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), a renowned 16th-century Flemish painter, drew a series of ink plates depicting the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Founder of the Jesuits. According to the Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena, CA):
“Among Rubens’ works devoted to religious subjects, the representation of saints plays an important role. Rubens created an artistic language fully adapted to the Counter-Reformation movement, which stressed the heroic, emotional and ascetic aspects of the saints’ lives.”
This image captures St. Ignatius in a moment of spiritual inspiration at Manresa, Spain. It was at this moment that he decided to write his landmark manual, The Spiritual Exercises, in which he articulates the foundations of his method of reflection-based discernment.
The Manresa Program strives to connect its Scholars with their spiritual lives (in whatever forms those may take) through a variety of exciting and enriching academic and co-curricular programs. While we can’t promise any moments of inspiration as dramatic as the one Rubens depicts, we have found that our Scholars, as young adults in college, grow appreciably in their understanding of their spirituality over the course of the year.