Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here
Start your day in a beautiful way: Subscribe to Aleteia's daily newsletter here.
Sign me up!

More from Aleteia

Not Prepared to Donate?

Here are 5 ways you can still help Aleteia:

  1. Pray for our team and the success of our mission
  2. Talk about Aleteia in your parish
  3. Share Aleteia content with friends and family
  4. Turn off your ad blockers when you visit
  5. Subscribe to our free newsletter and read us daily
Thank you!
Team Aleteia

Subscribe

Aleteia

What is the genius of the Ignatian spiritual exercises?

Share

St Ignatius of Loyola's 'Spiritual Exercises' helps one detach from the world and better listen to God

St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, developed the Spiritual Exercises as a month-long retreat for individuals seeking to better discern God’s will in their lives.
 
These exercises, undertaken with regular direction from an experienced spiritual advisor (normally a priest), have as their goal detachment from earthly desires so as to better focus on God’s call in their lives. Traditionally, these Exercises were undertaken as a month-long retreat. However, as the Exercises became more popular among the laity, they have been adapted into several different formats, including 8-day retreats, 3-day retreats, or even 30 days of following the Exercises while continuing to live one’s regular routine.
 
The Exercises are divided into four segments (“weeks”), each of which has a particular focus. The first is a reflection wherein the retreatant focuses on God’s love for him and how a pattern of sinfulness in his own life has kept him from God. The second week teaches the retreatant how to be Christ’s disciple and to learn to discern God’s will. The third is a meditation on the Passion and how Christ’s suffering and the Eucharist demonstrate God’s love. The fourth focuses on the Risen Christ and how the retreatant can serve the Lord in concrete ways in his life (Source).
 
After faithfully engaging in the Spiritual Exercises, retreatants should come away strengthened in their ability to detach from their worldly desires and listen more closely to the voice of the Lord.

Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.
Aleteia offers you this space to comment on articles. This space should always reflect Aleteia values.
[See Comment Policy]