Discerning the Will of God: An Ignatian Guide to Christian Decision Making [NOOK Book]


Every Chrstian has a Mission. What's Yours?
"Is it time to change jobs?" "Should I marry?"
"Am I called to religious life?"

Sooner or later, every thoughtful Christian asks such questions. For everyone ready to make the shift from "What do I want for my life?" to "what does God want for my life?" Fr. ...
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Discerning the Will of God: An Ignatian Guide to Christian Decision Making

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Every Chrstian has a Mission. What's Yours?
"Is it time to change jobs?" "Should I marry?"
"Am I called to religious life?"

Sooner or later, every thoughtful Christian asks such questions. For everyone ready to make the shift from "What do I want for my life?" to "what does God want for my life?" Fr. Gallagher offers this new book to help you make sense of your major life decisions.

Drawing from the timeless methods of Ignatius Loyola and richly illustrated with examples and stories, this book offers practical wisdom for aligning your will to God's will. Fr. Gallagher takes you through each step of the process, including opening your heart to whatever God wants; making use of silence, the Eucharist, Scripture, and spiritual direction; and finding clarity (and what to do when you lack clarity).

While this book focuses on the major decisions such as marriage and career and vocation choices, the insights gained here can be adapted to other significant life decisions as well. Fr. Gallagher's clear style makes this book an important resource for all who want to discover where God is leading them, as well as for spiritual directors, retreat directors, and counselors
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"Father Gallagher has emerged as one of the foremost commentators on Ignatian spirituality in the United States."  —Harvey D. Egan, SJ, professor, Boston College

"Fr. Tim Gallagher has quickly become one of the leading commentators on Ignatian discernment."  —George Aschenbrenner, SJ

"What I most admire is what lies behind Gallagher's book—an extraordinary patience in gathering so many opposite examples . . . in part from his own experience . . . and in part from his reading."  —Reverend Brian O'Leary, SJ, spiritual director and professor, Milltown Institute of Theology & Philosophy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824526399
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 461,741
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Fr. Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V., a popular retreat leader, Ignatian scholar, and lecturer around the world, holds a doctorate from the Gregorian University and is the author of sevearl bestselling books, including The Discernement of Spirits (now the topic of a TV series) and The Examen Prayer.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: When Faced with a Major Life Choice 1

Text of St. Ignatius 9

Part 1 Preparation

1 The Question: Which Choice Does God Want? 13

2 The Foundation: God's Infinite Love and Our Response 18

"We Love Because He First Loves Us" 18

"To Do Your Will Is My Delight" 25

3 The Disposition: Openness to Whatever God Wills 31

"Whatever You Want, Lord" 31

"Loved to the Death by Jesus Christ" 39

Sent by Jesus 45

4 The Means 50

Spiritual "Exercises" 50

Holy Eucharist 50

Sacred Spripture 52

Silence 55

Spiritual Direction 58

Review of Spiritual Experience 62

From Preparation to Discernment 64

5 Clarity beyond Doubting: The First Mode 69

"He Could Not Doubt about the Matter" 69

"This Certitude and Deep Peace" 71

"There Was No Doubting It" 71

"It Had Always Been Clear" 78

First Mode of Discernment: Questions to Consider 80

6 An Attraction of the Heart: The Second Mode 83

"With Deep Devotion and Tears" 83

"Experience of Consolations and Desolations" 86

"Again That Consolation Would Be Given Me" 88

"Only When There Was Peace in My Heart" 91

"The Room in My Heart" 92

"When I Was Most Joyful" 95

"Like a Magnet Drawing Me" 98

Second Mode of Discernment: Questions to Consider 100

7 A Preponderance of Reasons: The Third Mode 102

A Further Mode of Discernment 102

A Time of Tranquility 104

Third Mode of Discernment: First Way 106

"She Suggested Looking at the Advantages and Disadvantages" 110

Third Mode of Discernment: Second Way 113

"When I Took the First Point" 115

Third Mode of Discernment: Questions to Consider 118

Part 3 Fruit

8 The Value of theProcess of Discernment 123

Concluding the Process 123

The Process and Growth 126

The Process and Grace 131

9 The Fruit of Discernment 135

"And This Gives Me Peace and Joy" 135

"In Your Will Is Our Peace" 137

Appendix: Complete Text of St. Ignatius 141

Notes 145

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