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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 also famous for its guided meditations... Read More

Carmelite or Ignatian prayer, which is best for me?

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Dear Dan, I have been studying prayer, primarily the Ignatian method and the Carmelite method. What would you consider the differences between these two methods?   Also, how can I determine which is best for me?   Dear friend, this is a great question. First, it would be helpful to ensure we understand what we are talking about when we use the terms “prayer” and “method.” The prayer we are speaking of here is an interpersonal... Read More

Discernment of Spirits and Pope Francis

September 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Discernment, Ignatian Spirituality, Webinar


In Pope Francis’ recent interview with America magazine he frequently references “discernment.” Though many are aware of what he means by this, those who have never been exposed to Ignatian spirituality might need a little more information. Here are a few of the ways he illustrated or used the idea of “discernment” in this interview: “He also speaks about the moment during the conclave when he began to realize that... Read More

An Answer to a Question: What is Contemplation?

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Recently, Dan received an interesting question and after we talked about it, I asked whether I might respond.  Here is the question: “Is the terminology for prayer different from Ignatian to that of Carmelite spirituality? I’m a Secular Carmelite and I just went on an Ignatian retreat. My understanding of contemplation was that it was a complete gift with no activity on our part. However, the director defined it when... Read More

What is Spiritual Consolation?

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Dear Father John, what kind of general advice should I give to a person who is experiencing a lot of consolation in their spiritual life? From what this person has told me in spiritual direction, this consolation is certainly coming from God. Is there any practical advice I should give this person? God gives consolation in order to strengthen us and draw us closer to himself, just as he allows desolation in order to purify us from... Read More

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