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Discernment of Spirits: Rule 2

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 2 Dan and Melissa discuss the second rule of Saint Ignatius of Loyola's Discernment of Spirits, focusing on movement toward God and recognizing the effect of the enemy on our spiritual progress. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Discernment of Spirits – Rule 2: “In persons who are going on intensely purifying their sins and rising from good to better in... Read More

How did Jesus & Mary stay perfect amid great anguish & sadness?

Dear Father John, in responding to questions on this forum, you’ve often said something like, “the interior turbulence that the situation is causing you is most likely not from the Holy Spirit”. I think St. Ignatius says something similar when discussing the discernment of the spirits. Since Jesus and Mary were perfect, how would you explain the great anguish and sadness that Jesus felt in the... Read More

What are Ignatian spiritual exercises?

Interview With Official From Ignatian Exercises Federation By Antonio Gaspari (Zenit.org) Every year, a countless number of Catholics escape from their typical activities and take days to retreat into prayer following the system of the Ignatian spiritual exercises. The Pope himself is one of these Catholics; Benedict XVI's annual spiritual exercises with the Roman Curia begin Feb. 21. Just prior to... Read More

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