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Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius (1548)
by Saint Ignatius of Loyola (Author)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0385024363, Paperback)It is impossible to exaggerate the influence of The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius since its completion in 1535. In these exercises, as the editor writes, "St. Ignatius' personal insights into ascetical theology found their clearest expression; in them, too, each new generation of Jesuits is formed according to the spirit of St. Ignatius." A man of great practical genius, Ignatius created the book as the basis for retreats given to priests, lay people, and monastics. Organized according to five major themes (Creation, Mankind, The Kingdom of God, Christ, and the Trinity), the exercises are divided into four "weeks" of meditations--although these weeks may last a few days or a few months. The overall goal is to lead the retreatant through a series of meditations on the life of Christ, beginning with reflections on the disorder and chaos of one's own life and progressing to a series of meditations on Christ's life, inviting the retreatant to a knowledge and love of Christ. The third week of exercises focuses on the crucifixion, and the fourth and final week develops meditations on the resurrection, leading ultimately to "the assimilation of the soul to God... so that one lives one's life exclusively for God in joyous service."
This is not so much a book to be read as a path to be entered. Still used around the world (and not just by Jesuits), it remains one of the clearest roads to a deeper spiritual life. --Doug Thorpe
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"The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola is a classic book which for nearly 500 years has assisted follower[s] of Jesus to greater devotion to Him. These exercises are designed to be followed in four individual weeks and with the aid of a spiritual director, one that can help understand prayer and communion with God. The five major themes (Creation, Mankind, Kingdom, Christ, and Trinity) are presented in such a way to experience a greater intimacy and understanding of God. Warmly and thoughtfully narrated by Geoffrey Silver, these meditations on following Jesus will be of great help to a fuller devotion in Christ"--Container.
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