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Ignatian Spirituality Series


Ignatian Spirituality Series Dear Friends, Although our site heavily favors Carmelite spirituality, this is not to say that Ignatian spirituality is to be discounted.  In fact, the Discernment of Spirits, which Saint Ignatius of Loyola — the founder of the Jesuits — developed, is an excellent tool for discernment, spiritual direction, and other such endeavors. Ignatian spirituality is... Read More

Consolation – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

CONSOLATION: An interior movement aroused in the soul, by which it is inflamed with love of its Creator and Lord. It is likewise consolation when one sheds tears that move to the love of God, whether it be because of sorrow for sins, or because of the sufferings of Christ our Lord, or for any other reason that is immediately directed to the praise and service of God. Consolation can also be every increase... Read More

Why are We so Afraid to be Afraid of Hell?

October 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Hell & Purgatory, Ralph Martin


Editors’ Note: We are grateful to have one of the Church’s brightest lights join us at Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction. Ralph, in his book, The Fulfillment of All Desire has provided a treasure of inestimable worth to those who hunger to deepen their relationship with the Lord. Ralph Martin is the president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization... Read More

Broken? Stanza IV – Part I

July 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Becky Ward, Broken

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Give us strength to meet the challenge, that the world does but provide. Let us see the spiritual battle, and from TRUTH, let us not hide. It is a constant challenge to be in the world, but not of it (John 17). Time after time, I think I have a lesson learned, have allowed God to lift my mind and heart up toward Him…even just a little, them BAM! I let down my guard for a moment, my humanness asserts... 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

More indulgence clarification…

October 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Indulgences, Penance/Confession, Sin


Dear Father John, As I read your excellent posts on indulgences. A question occurred to me. If a person were to perform these suggested spiritual exercises without asking for the indulgence, would he still obtain the indulgence? Also since no longer are there no longer specified “time outs” applied to the purgatory… how do we arrive at how many indulgences are enough to avoid as much... Read More

Ignatian Conscience Exam on Faith, Hope & Love


If there is one part of the spiritual life that St. Ignatius stressed, it was the daily–and even twice daily–examination of conscience. As we read the Spiritual Exercises, we may be overwhelmed by the minute detail of St. Ignatius’ treatment of what he calls the particular examination of conscience. At the same time, he is careful to provide, “Some Notes on Scruples.” It... Read More

How can I effectively prepare for a retreat?

June 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Exercises


Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction, I am going to a silent retreat soon. I know that I really need this and I really want to deepen my relationship with Christ. Is there anything in particular I can do to effectively prepare? Dear Friend, this is a difficult question to answer without knowing some details about your spiritual life but we will give it a shot. First, a great deal of the benefit of spiritual... Read More

What are Ignatian spiritual exercises?

March 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Exercises


Interview With Official From Ignatian Exercises Federation By Antonio Gaspari ( 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... Read More

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