Contemplation and Political Action: An Ignatian Guide to Civic Engagement [Download]

“Good Catholics meddle in politics, offering the best of themselves, so that those who govern can govern… Politics, according to the Social Doctrine of the Church, is one of the highest forms of charity, because it serves the common good. I cannot wash my hands, eh? We all have to give something!” –Pope Francis

The Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology and the Jesuits of Canada created an Ignatian Guide to Civic Engagement as an invitation to deeper prayer, reflection, analysis and dialogue, and engagement in politics as one of the highest forms of charity.

Contemplation and Political Action is not a voter guide; it does not include a comprehensive list of political issues that members of the broad Ignatian family might care about. Instead, it applies our tradition of Ignatian spirituality to our shared political life. The Jesuits of Canada hope all of us might approach it in this reflective and prayerful Ignatian spirit.

Consider the examples of civic engagement from our Canadian network that are included throughout and others with which you are familiar.

This practical guide includes a multitude of topics such as finding God in all things, Ignatian spirituality and civic engagement. See the table of contents in this link for the full list of topics covered and to access the guide itself.


José Antonio Sánchez is the Directeur des Communications / Director of Communications for the Jesuits in Canada.

  • Peter Bisson
    Posted at 01:36h, 27 November Reply

    Thank you José!

  • JYC
    Posted at 05:39h, 27 November Reply

    Thank you for your excellent and comprehensive discourse.

  • Paul Baker
    Posted at 10:02h, 28 November Reply

    Jose, I very much appreciate the new formatting of the online Guide over the printed edition. It encourages one to read the Guide and is easier on the eyes. Good job! Thanks.

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