The Ignatian Workout: Daily Spiritual Exercises for a Healthy Faith / Edition 1

The Ignatian Workout: Daily Spiritual Exercises for a Healthy Faith / Edition 1

by Tim Muldoon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0829419799

ISBN-13: 9780829419795

Pub. Date: 06/01/2004

Publisher: Loyola Press

Get Fit Spiritually
 
We look at the world—and at God—in drastically different ways than our ancestors did, and yet the wisdom of a sixteenth-century Catholic saint perfectly suits our doubtful, antiauthoritarian, pluralistic age. St. Ignatius of Loyola believed that we could know God better by paying attention to his work in our lives, our

Overview

Get Fit Spiritually
 
We look at the world—and at God—in drastically different ways than our ancestors did, and yet the wisdom of a sixteenth-century Catholic saint perfectly suits our doubtful, antiauthoritarian, pluralistic age. St. Ignatius of Loyola believed that we could know God better by paying attention to his work in our lives, our experiences, our imagination, and our feelings. His Spiritual Exercises, an enduring masterpiece of spiritual insight, teaches us to grow spiritually by learning to respond in concrete, practical ways to this divine presence.

 The Ignatian Workout presents St. Ignatius’s wisdom in today’s language—as a daily program of “workouts” to achieve spiritual fitness, tailored to people with busy schedules. It is a program that shows us how to recognize and respond to a God who is already at work in us, inviting us into a deeper relationship and into richer lives of love and service.
 
“A thoughtful, clever, and very practical introduction to Ignatian spirituality.”
—J. A. Appleyard, S.J., vice president for University Mission and Ministry Boston College
 
“The Ignatian Workout is a valuable contribution to contemporary writing on Ignatian spirituality. Muldoon does a fine job of illustrating just how relevant this spirituality is for today’s young adults.”
—J. Michael Sparough, S.J., director of Charis Ministries Ignatian Spirituality for Young Adults

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780829419795
Publisher:
Loyola Press
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments  ¦  ix
Introduction  ¦  xi

Part One: What Is a Spiritual Workout?

1.    What to Expect in Spiritual Workouts  ¦  3
    Fundamentals  ¦  4
    Coaching  ¦  12
    Dedication  ¦  16
    Discernment  ¦  18
    God in All Things  ¦  22

2.    Two Beginning Exercises  ¦  27
    Spiritual Autobiography  ¦  28
    The Examen  ¦  32

3.    How to Get the Most out of Your Workouts  ¦  45
    Gaining Interior Peace  ¦  48
    Practicing the Presence of God  ¦  50
    Making a Preparatory Prayer  ¦  52
    Using Your Imagination  ¦  54
    Making Your Requests Known  ¦  60
    Engaging in a Closing Conversation with God  ¦  63
    Repeating What Works for You  ¦  65

4.    The Foundation  ¦  67
    The First Principle: Building Our Lives on Praise, Reverence,
        and Service  ¦  69
    The Second Principle: Focusing on Our Eternal Well-Being  ¦  73
    The Third Principle: Putting Aside Our Concern for the Externals  ¦  75
    The Fourth Principle: Wanting What We Were Created For  ¦  76
    How to Approach the Principles  ¦  77

Part Two: Workouts

5.    First Workout: Understanding Our Perfection and Imperfection  ¦  83
    Missing the Mark  ¦  84
    Sin  ¦  88
    Destroying Our Relationship with God  ¦  90
    Guilt and Mercy  ¦  92
    Perspective on Who We Are  ¦  95
    Hell  ¦  97
    Summary of the First Workout  ¦  98
    Exercises in the First Workout  ¦  98

6.    Second Workout: Following the Leader  ¦  103
    Christ the King  ¦  107
    Your Vocation  ¦  114
    The Vocation of Christ  ¦  124
    Summary of the Second Workout  ¦  137
    Exercises in the Second Workout  ¦  138

7.    Third Workout: Walking with Christ  ¦   141
    Preparing for the Third Workout  ¦  144
    The Way of the Cross  ¦  148
    Cross Training  ¦  161
    Summary of the Third Workout  ¦  162
    Exercises in the Third Workout  ¦  162

8.    Fourth Workout: Sharing Christ’s Glory  ¦  165
    The Resurrection  ¦  170
    Contemplation on Love  ¦  174
    Summary of the Fourth Workout  ¦  179
    Exercises in the Fourth Workout  ¦  179

Conclusion  ¦  181
    Workouts and Rest  ¦  182
    Discipline and Freedom  ¦  184

Notes  ¦  187
Books and Web Sites for Further Reading  ¦  191
Retreat Houses in the United States and Canada  ¦  197
 

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