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For centuries the Exercises were most commonly given as a “long retreat” of about 30 days in solitude and silence. In recent years, there has been a renewed emphasis on the Spiritual Exercises as a program for laypeople. The most common way of going through the Exercises now is a “retreat in daily life,” which involves a monthslong program of daily prayer and meetings with a spiritual director. The Exercises have also been adapted in many other ways to meet the needs of modern people.

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Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 1 to 20 of 91
Issue DateTitleAuthor(s)
2002Collaboration and Ignatian FreedomLefrank, Alex [ed.]
1950-05-15Review for ReligiousSt. Mary’s College
1950-03-15Review for ReligiousSt. Mary’s College
1950-01-15Review for ReligiousSt. Mary’s College
1949-11-15Review for ReligiousSt. Mary’s College
1949-09-15Review for ReligiousSt. Mary’s College
1949-07-15Review for ReligiousSt. Mary’s College
1949-05-15Review for ReligiousSt. Mary’s College
1949-03-15Review for ReligiousThe Jesuit Fathers
1949-05-15Review for ReligiousThe Jesuit Fathers
1948-09-15Review for ReligiousThe Jesuit Fathers
1948-09-15Review for ReligiousThe Jesuit Fathers
1948-07-15Review for ReligiousThe Jesuit Fathers
1948-05-15Review for ReligiousThe Jesuit Fathers
1948-03-15Review for ReligiousThe Jesuit Fathers
1948-01-15Review for ReligiousThe Jesuit Fathers
1947-11-15Review for ReligiousThe Jesuit Fathers
1947-09-15Review for ReligiousThe Jesuit Fathers
1949-01-15Review for ReligiousThe Jesuit Fathers
1947-07-15Review for ReligiousThe Jesuit Fathers
Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 1 to 20 of 91
The Spiritual Exercises grew out of Ignatius Loyola’s personal experience as a man seeking to grow in union with God and to discern God’s will. He kept a journal as he gained spiritual insight and deepened his spiritual experience. He added to these notes as he directed other people and discovered what “worked.” Eventually Ignatius gathered these prayers, meditations, reflections, and directions into a carefully designed framework of a retreat, which he called “spiritual exercises.” Ignatius wrote that the Exercises: “have as their purpose the conquest of self and the regulation of one’s life in such a way that no decision is made under the influence of any inordinate attachment.” He wanted individuals to undertake these exercises with the assistance of an experienced spiritual director who would help them shape the retreat and understand what they were experiencing. The book of Spiritual Exercises is a handbook to be used by the director, not by the person making the retreat.