Christian Spirituality for Seekers: Reflections on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola

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The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola, composed in the sixteenth century, have for hundreds of years been the basis for Jesuit spirituality and formation. But their influence extends much further. Here, Roger Haight opens this classic work to an audience encompassing all spiritual seekers, even those outside the Christian family.

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Overview

The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola, composed in the sixteenth century, have for hundreds of years been the basis for Jesuit spirituality and formation. But their influence extends much further. Here, Roger Haight opens this classic work to an audience encompassing all spiritual seekers, even those outside the Christian family.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570759871
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,423,103
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction xvii

Part I Ignatius and the Spiritual Exercises

Chapter 1 Ignatius and the Spiritual Exercises 3

Ignatius Prior to His Conversion 3

Ignatius's Conversion Experience: The First Phase of an Extended Experience 6

First Formulas of the Spiritual Exercises: The Second Phase of the Experience 9

Pilgrim, Student, Organizer, and Administrator 13

Biographical Dimensions of the Spiritual Exercises 17

Chapter 2 Description of the Spiritual Exercises 23

Meditations on the Life of Jesus 24

The Christian Narrative 26

Ignatius's Sources 28

Ignatian Language 35

Other Ignatian Devices and Instructions 37

The Genius of the Spiritual Exercises 42

Chapter 3 The Logic of the Exercises 46

A View of the Whole 46

Principle and Foundation 48

Sin and Grace 50

The Call of the Temporal King 53

The Two Standards 55

The Discernment of Spirits 58

The Election 60

Jesus' Death and Resurrection 62

Mission 63

Finding God in All Things 65

Conclusion 68

Chapter 4 Interpreting the Exercises for Seekers 70

Interpreting the Spiritual Exercises 70

Conceiving Spirituality 77

A Note on Freedom 87

Can the Exercises Be Offered to Seekers? 88

Ignatian Methods of Prayer 91

Part II Reflections to Accompany the Spiritual Exercises

Week 1 Anthropology 101

1 Looking for Principles and a Foundation (SE, 23) 102

2 The Evolutionary Order of the World (Elizabeth A. Johnson) 105

3 Creation (Genesis 1:1-2:3) 109

4 God: Provident Governor of the Universe (Psalm 104) 114

5 The Disordered World (Job 30:19-31; 31:5-8; 38:1-11) 119

6 The Infinite Value of the Individual (Wisdom of Solomon 11:21-12:2) 123

7 Stories of Sin (Genesis 3:1-7, 22-23; 11:1-9) 127

8 Jesus' Story of Divine Forgiveness (Luke 15:11-32) 131

9 On Freedom and Gifts (Matthew 25:14-30) 136

10 Human Freedom in History (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin) 140

11 The Kingdom of God in the End (Matthew 25:31-46) 144

Week 2 Jesus of Nazareth and His Ministry 149

12 Jesus as Leader: Following Christ (SE, 91-98) 105

13 Incarnation (Luke 2:1-21) 155

14 The Baptism of Jesus (Luke 3:21-22) 159

15 Jesus Preaching at Nazareth (Luke 4:14-30) 163

16 The Call of Disciples (Luke 5:1-11) 197

17 Two Types of Life (SE, 136-147) 170

18 Following Jesus (Luke 9:57-10:12) 176

19 Jesus as Healer (Luke 11:14-20) 179

20 Jesus as Teacher (Luke 11:1-13) 183

21 Jesus as Prophet (Luke 11:37-54) 187

22 Three Types of People (SE, 149-157) 191

23 Jesus on Ultimacy (Luke 12:16-21) 196

24 Jesus on Justice (Luke 6:20-26) 200

25 Jesus on Morality (Luke 10:25-37) 203

26 Jesus on Hope (Luke 14:1,12-24) 207

27 Three Ways of Commitment (SE, 165-168) 211

28 Discernment of Spirits (SE, 313-336) 216

29 Making Decisions before God (SE, 169-188) 221

Week 3 The Suffering and Death of Jesus 226

30 Jesus Enters Jerusalem (Luke 19:29-48) 226

31 The Last Supper (Luke 22:7-23) 230

32 Jesus' Torture and Execution (Luke 23:1-49) 234

33 The Significance of Jesus' Death (Philippians 2:6-11) 240

Week 4 Jesus Risen and His Mission 244

34 Emmaus: The Easter Experience (Luke 24:13-35) 245

35 The Meaning of the Resurrection of Jesus (Acts 1:1-11) 249

36 Resurrection and Christian Life (Luke 24:36-49) 253

37 Pentecost: Resurrection and Mission (Acts 2:1-13) 257

38 Christian Mission (Acts 2:14-36) 261

39 The Jesus Movement (Acts 2:37-47) 265

40 Mission to All (Acts 15:1-35) 269

41 Jesus as Revelation of God (Acts 17:22-31) 274

42 Contemplation to Attain Love (SE, 230-237) 278

Index 283

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