Who would embark on this experience...
The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius are for those who seek:
greater inner freedom
deeper inner healing
integrity and authenticity
renewed fire and life energy
deep, abiding peace
renewed sense of purpose, direction, meaning
a deeper sense of the sacred
clearer sense of God's presence and activity in one's life
a greater sense of connection with oneself, loved ones, the human family, and all creation
a spirit of discernment
a thirst for justice and peace
a desire to serve others
a deeper, more vibrant knowledge of and relationship with God/Jesus.
What personal commitment am I expected to make...
One making the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius would be asked to:
set aside 30 to 60 minutes each day to spend in prayer and reflection
meet with a spiritual director/prayer companion weekly for 35 minutes
discuss with a spiritual director/prayer companion the experiences, inner movements, and insights received as a result of the time spent in prayer/reflection and beyond
remain open to the inner restlessness and desire for some change and/or growth in one's personal, social, and spiritual life.
The Spiritual Director/Prayer Companion is one who accompanies you in order to support and aid you in:
noticing the sacred in your life
noticing the reality of God's presence and activity in your prayer and life
noticing the places of life and energy in your daily experience
better trusting what you notice
more appropriately responding to what you notice.
What time commitment am I expected to make...
Eight-week directed prayer experience
eight weeks following several preparatory days
30 to 60 minutes of daily prayer and reflection throughout the eight weeks
35 minutes each week to meet with a spiritual director throughout the eight weeks.
Five-month directed prayer experience
five months following several preparatory days
30 to 60 minutes of daily prayer and reflection throughout the five months
35 minutes each week to meet with a spiritual director throughout the five months.
30-Week directed prayer experience
30 weeks including several preparatory weeks.
30 to 60 minutes of daily prayer and reflection throughout the 30 weeks.
35 minutes each week to meet with a prayer companion throughout the 30 weeks.
Movement towards interior freedom...
Interior Freedom and The Ignatian Spiritual Exercises
The Ignatian Spiritual Exercises are to be experienced in the context of one's real present-day world. They support a spirituality directed towards sustaining a life of compassionate, generous service. They engage one in a steady, growing interior freedom - a freedom to live and to love.
Freedom, to grow in self-knowledge to become more aware of our true authentic self and to live out of that authenticity.
To see one's authentic self, to see oneself through the loving eyes of God.
To see and let go of those obstacles and attitudes - personal, social, etc - that keep us from embracing and living out of our authentic self and out of a secure and loving relationship with God.
Freedom to recognize evil and the obstacles of life within oneself and within one's community and the world.
Freedom to engage in a personal transformation that moves us to greater solidarity with all.
To see ourselves in right relation to ourselves, to others, to the global community, and to all creation (kingdom of God)
Freedom to engage in the work of social transformation leading to greater peace and justice.
To be moved to compassion
To engage in the world availing ourselves and our gifts to the service of a world in need of healing, peace and justice
Freedom to grow in friendship with Jesus.
Freedom to grow in the life, compassion, and Spirit of God.
The Fruit of Inner Freedom -
in the words of Pedro Arrupe, S.J.
Nothing is more practical than finding God,
that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you will do with your evenings,
how you will spend your weekends,
what you read,
what you know that breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.
Pedro Arrupe, S.J.