Ignatius for the Perplexed

The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything
A Spirituality for Real Life
James Martin, SJ
HarperOne, $26.99, 432 pp.

Every so often someone sends me one of those online multiple-choice quizzes that match your personality to a Catholic religious order. No matter what questions they ask, my results are always the same: “You’re a member of the Society of Jesus, a.k.a. the Jesuits!”

I can’t say I’m surprised by the match. Ten years in a Jesuit parish and almost as many years in graduate programs at two Jesuit-run institutions have left me with an unmistakably Ignatian outlook. I’d be fascinated by any...

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J. Peter Nixon has worked in the health-care industry for more than twenty years and is currently the director of metrics and analytics in the Office of Labor Management Partnership at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California. He blogs at dotCommonweal.