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Manresa: Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius (1548)

by Anthony Mottola (Translator), Ignatius Loyola (Author)

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[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 |
The Exercises are a major milestone of Christian spirituality, and one of the greatest prayer guides of all time. I wouldn't recommend reading them on your own if you can avoid it, though - the book was meant as a manual to help priests instruct others and isn't really intended to be read as such. ( )
  drewandlori | Oct 16, 2007 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Mottola, AnthonyTranslatorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Loyola, IgnatiusAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Tetlow, Joseph A.Editormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
சந்திய… சே.சTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Backhouse, Halcyonsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fleming, David L.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ganss, George E.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giudici, Giovannisecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gleason, Robert W.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hardon, Father John A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Longridge, W. H.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mullan, ElderTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Puhl, Louis J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tetlow, Joseph A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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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.

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