Creativity and Playfulness in the Ignatian Tradition

Fredrik Heiding, S.J., Ph.D.

March 5, 2020

3:00 pm 

Jesuit Community Library, Jesuit Community


Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045


Program Description

In 1948 the German Jesuit Hugo Rahner published his ground-breaking book Man at Play, treating divine and human play as well as the playing church and heavenly dance. Drawing on the playful dimension of imaginative contemplation in Ignatian Spirituality, this presentation will explain why playfulness is an important virtue in our time.

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About the Speaker

Fr. Fredrik Heiding S.J. is a Swedish Jesuit who teaches Christian Spirituality and Church History at the university college, the Newman Institute in Uppsala. He is also on the editorial board of the Swedish Catholic periodical Signum. His doctoral dissertation from the University of Oxford was published as Ignatian Spirituality at Ecclesial Frontiers. Sixteenth-century Catholicism is his special field of knowledge, particularly the history of the Jesuits and Ignatian Spirituality. He has translated the Spiritual Exercises and the Autobiography of Ignatius of Loyola from Spanish into Swedish. Medieval theologians have also been at the center of his attention, working with Swedish translation and introduction to the writings of Dionysius the Areopagite, and Isaac of Nineveh.

After two years of Jesuit formation (regency) in Mexico, he speaks Spanish fluently.


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