The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius

The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius

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Is it time to take your spiritual pulse, re-orient yourself to your Creator, and seek His guidance to live your faith more seriously?

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola outline the rigorous self-examination and spiritual meditations St. Ignatius set forth. Readers will learn how to make a new beginning on the path to holiness, repenting of their sins and attaining freedom from Satan's power.

Though St. Ignatius wrote The Spiritual Exercises as a handbook for a four week guided retreat, this edition contains step by step explanations suitable for independent use over any time period.

This is the original TAN edition now with updated typesetting, fresh new cover, new size and quality binding, and the same trusted content.

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Vincent: Time for the Book! Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius! We haven’t talked about this book, and I apologize because we’ve gotten a lot of questions of spiritual reading and I’ve always forgotten to mention this, but this is one of the first books that really inspired me. It has St. Ignatius’s biography and conversion which I like a lot. This isn’t typical reading. The way it’s structured, it’s supposed to be done in a retreat setting. That’s the best way. But you can do it yourself and give it a go. That’s what I did.

This is an incredibly important. It’s probably one of the most important spiritual books in the world, in my opinion, because this is something that we have completely lost and that we need so badly. Everyone’s talking about masculinity, but we don’t know how to get it back. At the same time everyone’s complaining about the Jesuits, and I think that sort of prevents them from looking at what St. Ignatius did, and what the Jesuits were all about when they were great---and this is it.

I’ll never forget what my brother said about this book: “If only we can bottle this book! We’d convert the world en masse” Because it turns you into a fervent Catholic. Now I read this a long time ago, so I don’t remember it as well. But I remember there are 4 steps in 4 weeks. And one of the first steps involved “purging yourself from inordinate attachments.” And I’ve always joked that I never passed the first step. I’m stuck at that. But it tries to give you an honest guide at how to look at your venial sins, and what attachments are causing you to sin.

It has powerful meditations too. One of the meditations that had a big effect on me was to picture the world and all the people in the world, and now picture the good people in the world: what are they doing? Picture the Holy Family. What are they doing? How did they act? What is their life like? Now picture all the evil people in the world? What are they doing? Killing, murdering, everything is vainglory. So you have these two images that are very powerful, one of the things changed for me is to embrace the concept of being a nobody. Because if you think about it, the Holy Family is a bunch of nobodies. They’re doing all these things in perfect humility. They’re not in front of microphones, they’re not in positions of power. And you think of some of these hermits, St. Antony of the Desert, St. John the Baptist, these aren’t saints in positions of power.

Charles: This goes what to what we said earlier about not broadcasting your almsgiving and fasting, which our Lord was very much against. And the original Jesuits were certainly very much into humility which is not always the case now.

Vincent: I do want to say one thing about the masculinity thing is Ignatian spirituality is all bound up in masculine spirituality. It’s all about following the king and doing as he does, and you will share in his rewards. And this is all bound up in chivalry. And this is why the Jesuit order do not have sisters, because it’s masculine spirituality. My mom read the book and she said “I don’t get this. This doesn’t make a dent on me.” And I said of course, it’s a guy thing. So for me, this is right up your alley.

It’s important to know these spiritualities, to understand what you are. I’m Franciscan #1 and Ignatian #2. You have to discover what these things are all about so that you carve your identity as a Catholic rather than secularly.

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