The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

Based on Studies in the Language of the Autograph

Book - 2000
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Introduces the fundamental spiritual principles that have become a cornerstone of authentic Christian life, and shares a message of God's presence in the everyday world.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2000.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375724923
Branch Call Number: 248.3 Ignatius
Characteristics: xliv, 176 p. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Puhl, Louis J.


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Apr 17, 2017

The young St Ignatius of Loyola underwent a profound conversion during his convalescence after being wounded in battle. Renouncing the glories of the battlefield for the humility of the spirit, he pursued the conquest of self through the cultivation of detachment. Sought after as a spiritual director first in Spain and later in Paris, he developed a series of exercises designed to enlist the imagination and the will in the soul's spiritual combat with the forces of sin and death. The men formed by this method became the first members of the Society of Jesus, and five centuries later every year tens of thousands of men and women around the world benefit from undertaking the exercises.

A classic example of a process that must be experienced rather than documented, the text of The Spiritual Exercises consists of little more than notes for directors, and poorly organized notes at that. Ignatius' method targets the individual without being individualistic - it demands a director to guide the exercitant through the exercises and to whom the exercitant is accountable. At the same time it is extraordinarily flexible. St Ignatius did include short treatises on prayer and the discernment of spirits, so there is some profit for the solitary reader.

Apr 19, 2016

As a Protestant, I did not grow up with Saints and have come to read them later in life as they have much to teach all Christians. This is original ( translated) material from the 1500s Spain. There are more modern books about his methods and their usefulness today.


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