Day 26 | 31 days of St Ignatius 2018


What are the Spiritual Exercises?

Reflections on St Ignatius & The Spiritual Exercises

These reflections are a collaboration between Pray as you go and the Jesuits in Britain. They’re a little different from the regular daily podcasts from Pray as you go. These reflections are based on the Spiritual Exercises, a prayer manual compiled by St Ignatius Loyola nearly 500 years ago. He believed that it was possible for people to come to a direct experience of God, present and active in their everyday lives. His book aimed at fostering just this kind of experience, so that people could use it to re-shape their lives in ways big and small.

Why use these podcasts? If you want to meet for the first time, or come to know more deeply, the God who calls to you in the events of your day-to-day living, then this may be for you. But be aware that you might meet a God who has plans for you that you have as yet scarcely dreamed of.

The Introduction to a series of four podcast reflections on the life of St Ignatius Loyola as seen through The Spiritual Exercises.

Music: Scott Lamlein. Used with permission.

These four reflections correspond to the four major sections of the Spiritual Exercises. For Ignatius, the starting point is to realise deeply that you are loved by God just as you are, warts and all. You are, in truth, a loved sinner. Anyone who has this experience is then likely to hear themselves called by God to a life of loving service, and this forms the second section of the retreat. Such a life of loving service will inevitably include experiences of failure, misunderstanding, and perhaps even persecution, as Jesus found in his Passion, and the third session takes that up that theme. Yet the story doesn’t end there, and the fourth and final part of the Exercises recognises how the risen Christ is joyfully present in my life, and the life of our world.

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