Student Reflections


“To reflect is the beginning of wisdom.” – Larry Gillick, SJ.

Reflection is integral to Ignatian spirituality, and St. Ignatius envisioned spirituality as choosing “what better leads to God’s deepening life in me.” Through reflection, we can unpack major experiences, become aware of God’s presence, practice gratitude, and notice important patterns in our own emotions and responses to God’s plan. To kick start your own reflection experience, consider using Saint Ignatius’s Examen.

In the context of service and justice experiences, reflection is the integrating process that helps make meaning of these experiences by placing them in dialogue with the other parts of our lives. The SCSJ’s Praxis Spiral model encourages us to act, reflect upon these actions, then bring this reflection to our future actions. In this way, intentional reflection can be a powerful tool for personal growth. We are glad to share some of our students’ reflections as they experience this cycle of experience and reflection.

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All Reflections

At World Youth Day 2013, Pope Francis told young people: “He has a plan for each of you: to discover that plan and to respond to your vocation is to move toward personal fulfilment.” Reflection is an essential step in this process.

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Trip Reflections

Our Service & Justice Trips directly engage students with service and justice priorities, which can lead to powerful interpersonal experiences. Reflection helps to unpack these experiences.

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Ignatian Reflection 101

The Ignatian tradition of spirituality emphasizes reflection so that we may grow in our relationship with God by noticing Him in all things. Ignatius’s works and practices still impact the lives of many, and can impact yours.

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