The Daughters of the Heart of Mary was co-founded by a Jesuit priest, Fr. Pierre Joseph de Cloriviere, S.J. Ignatian spirituality is an important part of our foundation. It is a grace from God that centers and fortifies us. The DHMs adopted as our own the rules of spiritual conduct of the Society of Jesus, contained in the Summary and in St. Ignatius’ letter on Obedience. In fact, among the documents Fr. de Cloriviere brought to Pope Pius VII for the approbation of the Society in January 1801 was the explanation of the Summary.
The legacy of St. Ignatius is rich, and it structures our spiritual life: art of discernment, sense of “More” (Magis in Latin), pedagogy to unify the desire, interior freedom, (as it is expressed in Principle and Foundation), gratitude and offering, to see God in all things and all things in God, to feel with the Church, the importance of review and the unity of life.
As part of our daily prayer and meditation, DHMs are encouraged to pray the Ignatian Examen. Through this prayer we encounter God, give thanks, and take responsibility for our actions committing to make amends for any of our offenses.