After having been spiritually Catholic for several months now, people have been telling me that I exude a “Jesuit spirituality”. Apparently, this means that 1. my imagination tends to inform my way of life and philosophy more than other things, and 2. my thinking is never detached from the way of being; when I think a thing, it tends to overtake my entire day, and I am shaped by that thing until a new one takes hold just as powerfully. I’m told that this is in opposition to other spiritual approaches to our Lord, wherein one’s abstract thinking and contemplation do not affect one’s life so powerfully hour-by-hour. Was this description accurate to the “Jesuit” world view?
Secondly, I am wondering if the Dominican intellectualism and study is significantly different from Jesuit study at base, without their hilarious past rivalries considered. These are the two “elite” bookish Order/Society types (so I’ve heard), and thus an in-depth comparison is needed for someone who often appreciates old books more than people…
Though unbaptised, my spiritual director said I ought to find a spiritual system to approach our Lord by, rather than “go my own”. My love for systems, structures, and “ways” is very strong. Any ideas, or considerations?