Spiritual Exercises

I’ve recently pondered how the theme of God’s justice fits into the Spiritual Exercises. Our traditional understanding of justice is getting what one deserves. God’s justice, however, is more about a desire for us to be whole, based in love and compassion. St. Ignatius was a Castilian military man, part of a justice system of […]

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If you are interested in doing the Spiritual Exercises in daily life (also known as the 19th annotation retreat), September brings an opportunity to start in alignment with the liturgical calendar. Retreat houses around the country offer the experience, such as the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, CA—which offers the Exercises in Korean in […]

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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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