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Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola Hardcover – 1 Jan 2004

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It's a well known fact that we need exercise to maintain our physical health. St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) recognized the need for exercise in order to maintain our spiritual health as well. In fact, around the years 1522-1524, St. Ignatius composed a retreat handbook titled Spiritual Exercises. Ignatius was a Spanish soldier wounded in battle in 1521. During his long and painful recovery, he reflected deeply on his ultimate desires, learning to discern between desires that were grounded in vanity and those that were grounded in holiness. After coming face to face with his own sinfulness and God's grace and mercy, he left behind his life as a soldier and dedicated his life to God. He concluded that this personal experience of God could be experienced by all people through the practice of the spiritual exercises he himself had engaged in. The result, of course, is the Spiritual Exercises, designed to help people to experience a deepening experience of God in their daily lives. The exercises themselves consist of meditations on Scripture passages as well as prayers, considerations (imaginative mental exercises), and contemplative practices, all designed to allow Christians to learn how to see God's grace active in their everyday lives. While a 30-day retreat is not in the cards for most of us, today many retreat centers offer much shorter retreats that follow the pattern of the Spiritual Exercises. Likewise, we can benefit from the wisdom of the Spiritual Exercises by practicing what Ignatius called a daily Examen-a prayerful review of our day to discern how God's grace is present in our daily activities and how we are responding. --- Description from Loyola Press (http://www.loyolapress.com/)

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