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Online Exercises Start this Week

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 was the nineteenth item on a list of instructions he gave to spiritual directors. This is how I made the Exercises. Read all about it here.

Many nineteenth annotation retreats get started this time of year and end around Easter–thus roughly following the church’s liturgical year. An online version of such a retreat begins this week at Creighton University’s Online Ministries website. It’s a self-guided retreat using material on the site. The retreat is also available as a book–Retreat in the Real World. Take a close look at it if you’ve ever thought about making the Spiritual Exercises.

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Jim Manney
Jim Manneyhttps://www.jimmanneybooks.com/
Jim Manney is the author of highly praised popular books on Ignatian spirituality, including A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer (about the Daily Examen) and God Finds Us (about the Spiritual Exercises). He is the compiler/editor of An Ignatian Book of Days. His latest book is What Matters Most and Why. He and his wife live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


  1. am a catholic. last week i attended a 8 Day guided retreat at the Mwangaza Spiritual Center. it was a great spiritual awakening. A moment of renewal and spiritual Growth.
    Am now yearning to take the 34 Week retreat in Daily life, but online.
    i have downloaded all the 34 weeks audios. what else do i need to do

    • Elaine, to start the Exercises, first you need to decide which format you’ll use. This post highlights Creighton’s version, which can be started at any time. Another excellent resource for working through the Exercises is The Ignatian Adventure by Kevin O’Brien, SJ. If you want to work with a retreat director, please contact a local retreat house or parish for opportunities.

  2. I have been attending the Demontreville Jesuit Retreat, in St. Paul, for several years and finally got it; the discernment, in finding Jesus and the power of prayer in everything that we do. Thank you so much for saving my life & enabling me to help others, every day! ?

  3. it is very useful and i am a regular follower. thanks for this online ministry. i have recomended to so many about this programme. thanks father


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