Spiritual Exercises

It’s day 12 of our 31-day journey of Ignatian spirituality. Today’s reading is God as Mystery, God as Neighbor. If you’ve joined us a few days late, you can catch up on previous reading at 31 Days with St. Ignatius.

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Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ, offers a homily that includes a discussion of the three kinds of people as categorized by St. Ignatius in the Spiritual Exercises. The types, as Sparough explains, are: First: all talk and no action Second: will do anything but the one thing necessary Third: surrender their lives into the hands of […]

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The final meditation of the Spiritual Exercises is the Contemplation to Attain the Love of God. Today, let yourself be guided through this contemplation with this beautiful video. If you were to make a video of your experience with the contemplation, what images would you include? If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to […]

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IgnatianSpirituality.com is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month. We have a few things planned to mark the occasion, and our online party will last throughout May. Paul Campbell, SJ, kicks off our celebration with this video greeting: Digitally Enhanced Experience of the Spiritual Exercises The digitally enhanced experience of the Spiritual Exercises mentioned in the […]

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This post is based on Week Eight of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. Contemplating the love of the Creator opened my heart to a new world, one that I needed to explore and experience. After all, it was the way Jesus prayed. He surrendered to the Father, the one who creates and sustains all things. In […]

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Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Two common ones involve getting in shape or making a commitment to deepen one’s prayer life. Former catechetical leader Paul Gallagher explains how one led to the other for him in the article “How the Spiritual Exercises Rebooted My Health.” He writes: St. Ignatius reminds us in the Spiritual […]

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The Spiritual Exercises are not just a listing of meditations separated into four “weeks.” They are much more than that. They are a work of art that has inspired thousands, if not millions, of Christians throughout the last five centuries. And while Ignatius offers them as a model of prayer and discernment, the Exercises also […]

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Most people who make the Spiritual Exercises these days do them over the course of six or seven months. This “retreat in daily life” involves daily prayer and reflection while you are doing all the the things you usually do. It’s sometimes called a “nineteenth annotation” retreat because Ignatius’s provision for this kind of retreat […]

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Pope Francis is certainly full of surprises. His words on July 31, the Feast of St. Ignatius, are a good example. Ignatius’s feast is an occasion to celebrate all things Ignatian. Jesuits recall their founder’s vision and the way the Society has sustained it for five centuries. They recommit themselves to their mission. They have […]

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This month Vinita Wright has been discussing some of the major themes of the Spiritual Exercises on her blog, Days of Deepening Friendship. I especially liked her recent post about the meditation on the Two Standards, where Ignatius challenges us to look critically at what we are attached to. Vinita brings up three disordered attachments […]

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