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Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius (1548)

by Saint Ignatius of Loyola

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The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, one of the great masterpieces of the Christian canon, today continues to offer some of the most accessible and insightful guidance for going on retreat -- whether as a part of a group or by oneself. Based on the rich fruit of St. Ignatius' own meditations and practice, this guide for spiritual perfection has been treasured and faithfully used for centuries by members of the saint's Jesuit order and by millions more. Divided into four weeks of reflections and four key meditations -- on the Kingdom of God, the Two Standards (of Christ and Satan), the Three Classes of Men, and the Three Modes of Humility -- the whole retreat has at its center the emulation of Christ. Retreat masters, retreatants, and readers will benefit particualrly from Anthony Mottola's new translation, which renders the timeless masterpiece into language both accessible and faithful to St. Ignatius' original expression and spirit. The Exercises have been universally recognized as a brilliant and inspired guide to the development of a deeper Christian spirituality ever since St. Ignatius completed them in 1533. Great saints -- as well as countless religious and lay people -- have been spiritually shaped through their dedicated use. This four-week system of meditation and prayer continues to be the very backbone of Ignatian retreats, where earnest seekers come to examine their lives, contemplate the future, face decisions, and revitalize their souls. Both religious and lay people make Ignatian retreats to renew their Christian dedication and enthusiasm, but even those who cannot make such retreats have profited greatly from a careful reading of the Exercises.… (more)



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  carlos_macarico | Apr 21, 2020 |
[From Don Fernando, Heinemann, 1950; Vintage Classics, 2001, Chapter 3, p. 34:]

But I cannot persuade myself that meditation forced upon the mind is likely to give rise to fresh and inspiring notions. I should have thought rather that by such a practice the spirit was enslaved and cowed, while the happy flow of fancy was forever stemmed. It may be that this is what Saint Ignatius aimed at. If so the Spiritual Exercises are the most wonderful method that has ever been devised to gain control over that vagabond, unstable and wilful thing, the soul of man.
1 vote WSMaugham | Oct 25, 2016 |
Very interesting book - a form of Christian meditation with the focus being on the mercy of God, as well as focusing on aspects of his life and applying the most relevant parts to one's own life. Although I do not necessarily agree with everything the author says, his points about self-analysis and finding goodness still ring true to many non-Catholics. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
  holyfamily | Aug 5, 2009 |
This particular 1989 paperback editon is a reprint of the original publication of 1964. I studied and tried to practice Saint Ignatius Loyola's excercises while studying theology and philosophy at the Saint Ignatius Institute at the Jesuit University of San Francisco in San Francisco, California in the eighties and nineties. This edition has an Introduction by a Jesuit, Father Robert. W. Gleason, S. J.
  GoyodelaRosa | Jan 8, 2008 |
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