2010 Reprint of 1951 Edition. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, (composed from 1522-1524) are a brief set of Christian meditations, prayers and mental exercises, divided in four thematic 'weeks' of variable length, designed to be carried out over a period of 28 to 30 days. They were composed to help to discern Jesus in everyday life. Though the underlying spiritual outlook is Catholic, the exercises are often made nowadays by non-Catholics. The 'Spiritual Exercises' booklet was formally approved in 1548 by Paul III and serves as a foundation document for the Jesuit order.
In this unique handbook of Christian literature, the founder of the Jesuits offers a way of "raising the mind and heart to God." Saint Ignatius of Loyola avoids setting a formula for prayer, providing readers with an extensive variety of meditative themes. Although originally intended for those making a retreat under the direction of an experienced master, the spiritual exercises have since become much more widely known and used, and they offer an excellent resource for private devotions.
St. Ignatius of Loyola wrote the Spiritual Exercises between 1522 and 1524, and today, nearly five centuries later, Jesuits in training are still required to study it and follow its precepts during their first year in the novitiate. Not designed to be read cover to cover in one sitting, this book is made up of daily meditations meant to be closely examined in isolation over a period of about four weeks, under the guidance of a spiritual director. Though The Spiritual Exercises have traditionally been read primarily by those training for the priesthood, in recent years increasing numbers of lay people and non-Catholics are discovering its joys and insights. This edition-edited by Father Elder Mullan (1865-1925) and published in 1914-is essential for anyone interested in strengthening his or her faith and relationship with God.Spanish priest and spiritual philosopher SAINT IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA (1491-1556) has been described by Pope Benedict XVI as "a man of God," "a man of profound prayer," and "a faithful servant of the Church." The principal founder of the Society of Jesus, Ignatius was canonized in 1622. His writings include Letters and Instructions of St. Ignatius Loyola 1 (1524-1547).
"The Exercises of St. Ignatius" draws on rediscovered materials, as well as on extensive familiarity with the Western spiritual tradition, to explore Ignatian spirituality's indebtedness to the tradition as well as its departure from it.
This new edition, with its accompanying introduction and commentary, is intended for use as a manual by those making, directing or studying the "Exercises". In the case of retreatants, their chief aim is to foster the experience of prayer, prayerful deliberation and cooperation with God's graces which St. Ignatius intended his Exercises to induce in those who are making them. A retreat, therefore, is a time predominantly of prayer rather than of study.
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.
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius remain an abiding source of inspiration and wisdom for Christians in the modern day who wish to be closer oriented to God and his Kingdom. Ignatius of Loyola was initially a Spanish page in service of a knight, who later became a knight himself. Ambitious and eager for fame and glory, Loyola was gravely injured when a cannonball collided with his legs, leaving his left leg multiple fractures. The surgery of the time was crude; he would walk again, but with a permanent, pronounced limp. As he lay convalescing, Loyola experienced a series of visions. Being as the hospitals of the era were run by religious orders he spent weeks bedridden, reading the many texts concerning Jesus Christ and the saints. This experience buoyed and inspired Loyola to lead his life in the same fashion as the heroic saints; living to spread the holy word and undertake great pilgrimages. The unique means of meditation devised by Loyola involves intense contemplation and visualizing the various scenes of the Gospels. This, practiced regularly, would result in the believer arriving closer to God and Jesus Christ. The book, which passed the papal inspection, is arranged as to be carried out by the reader between 28 and 30 days. Loyola spent his life in the service of the Christian faith, studying and preaching the doctrines to audiences impressed by his conviction and charisma. Perhaps most famously of all was Loyola's instrumental role in founding the Jesuit order, also known as the Society of Jesus. Emphasizing subordination to the Catholic Church, Loyola's movement endures to this day. This premium edition of the text contain illustrations of Loyola himself, as well as the major churches and artworks dedicated in his honor.
"The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius" is a collection of Christian meditations intended to guide one on a 28-30 day process of spiritual purification and connection with Jesus. This text, written by the great St. Ignatius of Loyola has been extensively practiced and studied for hundreds of years. It has become a major text of the Christian canon and is a fundamental text of Ignatian and Jesuit spirituality. This volume presents the complete and original set of Ignatian prayers and meditations, organized into five parts: Creation, Mankind, The Kingdom of God, Christ, and the Trinity. Intended to be carried out over four weeks in retreat, these exercises are full of theological insight, Christian revelation, and contemplative guidance that, together, offers a path toward personal solace. "Spiritual Exercises" is a methodical approach to Jesuit spirituality, though it is accessible to a wide audience of lay people and curious readers alike. Beautifully composed, the work is a moving account of the nature of the soul and human spirituality. This timeless work of Christian Mysticism continues to resonant around the world, offering a path of spiritual meditation and awakening. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper and follows the translation of Father Elder Mullan.
Although oriented primarily to those less familiar with them, this book offers fresh insights for those experienced in the 'Spiritual exercises.' It includes explanations of their dynamics and correlations between the events of Ignatius' conversion experiences and certain aspects of the 'Exercises.' The meditations on the Kingdom and the Two Standards are viewed from the vantage of contemporary culture. Thus the medieval model of the lord-vassal relationship and the male-dominated imagery are illuminated with the help of insights from Jung. Deeper psychological insight into dying to self in our attachments and desires is linked to our contemplations on the suffering and death of Jesus. The suitability for lay people to make the 'Exercises' is suggested in their adaptation to an open setting of daily life. Finally, a developing personal encounter with Christ in the present is delineated as central to Ignatian spirituality.
These 52 meditations consist of sections from St. Ignatius Spiritual Exercises, followed by an exploration of both what it means and how it relates to 12-Step philosophy. At the end of each meditation is a short encapsulation, which Father Harbaugh whimsically calls a Second Prelude, to go.