Franciscan’s personalities can be characterized as sociable, friendly, and interpersonally orientated. They are very sensitive to people’s feelings as well as their own. They prefer to deal with things that directly affect people’s lives instead of impersonal facts and theories.
In Augustinian prayer, one uses creative imagination to transpose the words of scripture to our situation today.
Thomistics are more theoretical, intellectually curious, and knowledge-oriented. They prefer to be challenged intellectually and to think things out for themselves. They have a tolerance for theory, like complex problems, and are concerned about long-range consequences
Those who are Ignatian in their spirituality are realistic, practical, and matter-of-fact. They are efficient and results orientated. They have a high-energy level for doing things that are pragmatic, logical, and useful.
Franciscan’s spirituality is optimistic and sees the beauty of God everywhere. Franciscan’s spirituality appeals to men and women who want to do things for others.
Augustinian’s primary concern is discerning what God requires of us now. For Augustinian, the word of God is alive and not a historical document.
Thomistic’s need to develop feeling in prayer and could use Franciscan and Augustinian prayer to develop those. Otherwise, they can treat God as an object to be studied rather than as a person with whom one can relate to intimate terms.
Ignatian’s have a sense of duty and obligation. They follow the rules of the Church and are loyal to authority. They prefer formal prayer more than the other types. Ignatian’s are people of action. Work can be a prayer if done for the glory of God.
They like tangible religious objects like crucifixes, sacred pictures, statues, and use candles and incense. They like prayers of praise, gratitude, and love.
Augustinians like conversational prayer and likes to use symbols and poetic images. They like to keep a journal of insights and dreams, and they ought to take intuitions and inspirations seriously.
Thomistic’s like new and complex forms of prayer. They also like novelty and originality. They dislike traditional standardized ways of praying. In other words, they dislike routine. For example, they could find the Rosary boring. They are best at the spontaneous improvised prayer of petition, gratitude, and commitment. They are good at composing original prayer forms.
Ignatian’s like set formulae types of prayer like the Divine Office or the Rosary. In prayer, Ignatian can experience God’s loving care, support, God’s loving forgiveness, and have an experience of conversion.