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  • 32 SPIRITUAL EXCERCISES thirty days retreat in eight days? If so, why should you do a thirty days retreat? So we can ask ourselves, Is every eight day retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises an Ignatian retreat? This is not so evident. What makes spiritual exercises Ignatian Spiritual Exercises? One way to tackle this question is to see what is original in the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius. This helps us to discover what is Ignatian. The Originality of the Method There is not much singularity in the way Ignatius uses some forms of prayer of his time. He learned how to meditate, how to contemplate, reading the Life of Christ written by Ludolph the Carthusian. But Ignatius proposes to every good Christian to contemplate the life of Christ in order to come to a good decision about his life, to take a good decision. The Spiritual Exercises are composed in order to lead to a choice. There is no other spiritual book in the sixteenth century, no other prayer book that shows us a way to come to a good decision, to a good choice by contemplating the life of Christ. The Spiritual Exercises are composed in order to lead to a choice Most of the individual elements of Ignatius Spiritual Exercises are not specifically Ignatian; Ignatius uses the spiritual items of his time. But the way he puts it all together is very Ignatian! To propose a process of four weeks one week of conversion and three weeks to contemplate the life of Christ to come to a good choice on how to manage your life, this is the originality of the Spiritual Exercises. Does this mean that a choice has to be made in every retreat, even in a eight-day retreat, to be Ignatian? Of course, it is always possible to make a choice in any kind of retreat. But the way Ignatius proposes is a process of four weeks with clear and important transitions. After the First Week there is the important contemplation of The Call of the Temporal King [91-100]; and during the Second Week there is the meditation on Two Standards [ ; the meditation on Three Pairs of Men [ ]; and the Review of Ignatian Spirituality xxx11, 111 / 2001

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  • 36 SPIRITUAL EXCERCISES proper for him. In the Spanish text, sentir más las internas noticias, consolaciones y divinas inspiraciones. The knowledge that is meant in these texts of the Spiritual Exercises is much more than knowing with our intellect. It is knowing with our heart, in which a person is totally involved, intellect, memory, will, and affectivity. To discern our inner movements we need not only great inner refinement, but also an experienced guide. The One Giving the Exercises This guide - he who gives the Exercises - is absolutely necessary in Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. You cannot do the Exercises if nobody is giving you the Exercises! This means more than giving the text of the next exercise Ignatius never gave the text of the book to the one who was doing the Exercises. The guide of the person doing the Exercises has to know, as well as possible, the person he intends to help. The guide has to see how to adapt the book to this particular person. He who is doing the Exercises doesn t know the Exercises, so how could he adapt what he doesn't know? Ignatius seems to be the first... The more the person enters into the process of the Spiritual Exercises, the more Ignatius gives him freedom to adapt what is asked by Ignatius in the book. Ignatius says in the Fourth Week [228]: Though in all the contemplations a certain number of points were given as three, or five, etc. the person who is contemplating can set more or fewer points, according as he finds it better for him. Ignatius supposes that the person has learned during the three Weeks before what is better for him and what not. The guide was his help in discerning inner movements [17]. But the guide has to know and to understand also the process of the Spiritual Exercises. He cannot use the book of Ignatius like a cookbook! In the book of Ignatius, you don t find recipes that have to be carefully Review of Ignatian Spirituality xxx11, 111 / 2001

    36 SPIRITUAL EXCERCISES proper for him. In the Spanish text, sentir más las internas noticias, consolaciones y divinas inspiraciones. The knowledge that is meant in these texts of the Spiritual Exercises is much more than knowing with our intellect. It is knowing with our heart, in which a person is totally involved, intellect, memory, will, and affectivity. To discern our inner movements we need not only great inner refinement, but also an experienced guide. The One Giving the Exercises This guide - he who gives the Exercises - is absolutely necessary in Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. You cannot do the Exercises if nobody is giving you the Exercises! This means more than giving the text of the next exercise Ignatius never gave the text of the book to the one who was doing the Exercises. The guide of the person doing the Exercises has to know, as well as possible, the person he intends to help. The guide has to see how to adapt the book to this particular person. He who is doing the Exercises doesn t know the Exercises, so how could he adapt what he doesn't know? Ignatius seems to be the first... The more the person enters into the process of the Spiritual Exercises, the more Ignatius gives him freedom to adapt what is asked by Ignatius in the book. Ignatius says in the Fourth Week [228]: Though in all the contemplations a certain number of points were given as three, or five, etc. the person who is contemplating can set more or fewer points, according as he finds it better for him. Ignatius supposes that the person has learned during the three Weeks before what is better for him and what not. The guide was his help in discerning inner movements [17]. But the guide has to know and to understand also the process of the Spiritual Exercises. He cannot use the book of Ignatius like a cookbook! In the book of Ignatius, you don t find recipes that have to be carefully Review of Ignatian Spirituality xxx11, 111 / 2001

  • Mark Rotsaert 37 followed. The book of the Spiritual Exercises is more a map that helps the guide to see where the person is. It supposes that the guide has himself made the Spiritual Exercises, and that his practice of giving the Spiritual Exercises has made him a good guide for others. His experience in spiritual discernment will help the person to learn, through trial and error, how to discern his inner movements of consolation and desolation. The guide must not discern for the person he guides, but he has to help the person to arrive slowly at the ability to discern his own inner movements. But because spiritual discernment is a very refined ability and because one can easily be deceived by one's own affectivity, it remains useful to have a good guide who can confirm (or not) what you find by yourself. Originality in the Content? As I said at the beginning, Ignatius fits into the spirituality of his time. The most important originality lies in the method, more than in the content. One can discuss if the specific texts composed by Ignatius himself (Principle and Foundation, The Call of the Temporal King, the meditation on Two Standards, the meditation on Three Pairs, the consideration on Three Kinds of Humility, and the Contemplation to Gain Love) are important because of what they say or because of their precise place in the process of the Spiritual Exercises. In my opinion, both are inseparable. I repeat what I have said already: it makes no sense to put all these Ignatian texts in a retreat of five or eight or ten days. At the same time I would say that spiritual exercises can be truly Ignatian Exercises, even when some of these typical Ignatian texts are not used. The proper use of these texts supposes the whole process of the Spiritual Exercises, and this process supposes about thirty days....who places a strong emphasis on the risen Lord If there is something new in the content of the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius, something one would not find in other spiritual writings of the numero 98 Review of Ignatian Spirituality

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Kids’ Ignatian Exercises
There are three easy ways to integrate Ignatian spirituality into the lives of kids. The first begins with finding God in all things. When I lived in Syracuse I worked two days a week with some primary school children. I remember one kindergarten teacher sending the class into the schoolyard to find one item that God made. They brought back things like sticks and leaves and rocks. Now we can say that God made everything but this gives children the opportunity to acknowledge bits and pieces of God’s creation, even if it’s just in the natural parts of the world.