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    Two Hints for Recognizing the Two Ignatian Movements of Consolation and Desolation

    The two key movements in Ignatian spirituality are consolation and desolation. These terms can be difficult to understand as their meanings seem to shift...
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    Can I Be in Consolation and Desolation at the Same Time?

    Briefly stated, consolation is a state in which a person is growing in faith, hope, and love. Desolation is a state in which a...
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    Consolation and Desolation Whiplash

    I used to think that desolation was a state one entered for a long period of time, like Mother Teresa experiencing years of dry...
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    Consolation and Desolation

    During Lent, we reflect upon our spiritual state and on our interior movement. Are we moving toward more doubt, fear, and anger? Or are...

    Consolation and Desolation

    Jason Vaz, SJ, provides some helpful images to distinguish consolation and desolation in a recent post at the igNation blog. He concludes with questions...

    Consolation, Desolation, and Feelings

    Consolation and desolation are key ideas in Ignatian discernment, and they are not easy to understand. Abbot Joseph has a good post about the...
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    Storing Consolations Like the Flowers

    St. Ignatius offers us a key principle for how to navigate the ups and downs of life: use the gifts of consolation wisely. He...
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    There’s Such a State as Difficult Consolation

    All of us are rightly wary of the incorrect reduction of the concepts of desolation and consolation to merely feeling bad and feeling good....
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    Listening for God in Consolation

    Discernment involves paying attention to the movements of the spirits so that we can continue moving towards our destination—the direction God is inviting us...
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    Eight Tools for Combatting Desolation

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