Synopses & Reviews
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.
Rather than a set formula for prayer, the founder of the Jesuits offers a way of "raising the mind and heart to God," providing a great variety of themes for meditation.
Table of Contents
Introduction Notes Premise Fundamental Principle A Daily Particular Examination of Conscience A General Examination of Conscience General Confession and Communion First Week: First Exercise: The Triple Sin Second Exercise: My own Sins Third Exercise: A Repetition of the First and Second Exercises with Three Colloquies Fourth Exercise: A Resumption of the Third Exercise Fifth Exercise: A Meditation on Hell Additional Practices Notes Second Week: The King First Day, First Contemplation: The Incarnation Second Contemplation: The Nativity Third Contemplation: Repetition Fourth Contemplation: Repetition Fifth Contemplation: An Application of the Senses to the First and Second Contemplations Notes Second Day and Third Day Introduction to an Examination of Different States of Life Fourth Day: Meditation on Two Standards Three Groups of Men Fifth Day to Seventh Day Eighth Day to Twelfth Day Notes Three Ways of Subjection The Making of a Decision Third Week: First Contemplation: The Last Supper Second Contemplation: The Garden Ntoes Second Day to Fifth Day Sixth Day to Seventh Day Rules for achieving Self-Control in the future with regard to Eating Fourth Week: First Contemplation: The Resurrection Notes Contemplation for Achieving Love Three Ways of Praying Events of the Life of our Lord Christ Rules for distinguishing between Different Spiritual Influences Almsgiving About Scruples The Mind of the Church