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Jim Conroy, SJ speaks on Week Two of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius: Saint Ignatius' Profound Precepts of Mystical Theology (Image Classics)

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  • Archival work on the authentic text of the Spiritual Exercises was undertaken at the initiative of the 19th century Jesuit Superior General , who himself published a translation and notes from the original manuscripts of St. Ignatius. The culmination of this work was a "critical edition" of the Exercises published by the Jesuit order in 1919, in the "Monumenta Historica Societatis Jesu" series.

    Fitness and health professionals might use this spiritual fitness assessment with their clients to educate and inspire them to integrate faith into their ‘exercise’ routines. There is no scoring mechanism for the assessment. Based upon a person’s responses to questions, they could be guided by a more spiritually fit/mature person. An individual could also learn more about the 18 Spiritual Exercises by reading the booklet above. Read about the intended purpose and use of the assessment.

  • This is a digitally enhanced experience of The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola intended for spiritual directors, practitioners, extenders, and promoters of Ignatian spirituality. If you are new to The Spiritual Exercises, . This resource is designed to support those who lead others in the Exercises, whether as a 30-day retreat, a 19th annotation retreat, or some other variation.

    After recovering from a leg wound incurred during the Siege of Pamplona in 1521, Ignatius made a retreat with the monks of the abbey of , a mountain town in northern Spain. The monks introduced him to the spiritual exercises of Garcia de Cisneros, which were based in large part on the teachings of the , the promoters of the "". From Montserrat, he went on towards Barcelona but took a detour through the town of , where he eventually remained for several months, continuing his convalescence at a local hospital. During this time he discovered of , the crown jewel of the "devotio moderna". He also spent much of his time praying in a , where he practiced rigorous asceticism. During this time Ignatius experienced a series of visions, and formulated the fundamentals of his . He would later refine and complete the when he was a student in Paris.

     

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    Below is a listing of Spiritual Exercises that you might consider practicing regularly to grow in your faith. In turn, these spiritual exercises may impact favorably on your emotional and physical health. We are not aware of research that has been conducted which demonstrates that if a person practices any or all of these exercises they will experience improved health, however, these practices are based on Biblical truths. They are included in that He has given us to live by. The research does clearly show, however, that there is a strong relationship between many of these attitudes, beliefs and practices and health and well being. Read this short article – .

Spiritual Exercises on Labor Day Weekend, September 2 – 5, 2016


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