Ignatian Discernment of Spirits for Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Care: Going Deeper

Ignatian Discernment of Spirits for Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Care: Going Deeper

by Mark E. Thibodeaux SJ

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With decades of experience in spiritual direction, Father Mark Thibodeaux, SJ, knows how impactful the Ignatian discernment of spirits can be. With few practical resources available to help make these principles relevant to spiritual seekers, Thibodeaux crafted his own, which is now made available here in Ignatian Discernment of Spirits for Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Care: Going Deeper. This rich resource meets the needs of spiritual directors and counselors by offering fresh insight into discernment through innovative approaches and applications for varied spiritual experiences and challenges.

In Ignatian Discernment of Spirits, Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ, provides
◗◗ A practical crash course on Ignatian discernment of spirits
◗◗ 12 innovative ideas about discernment, culled from his decades of experience as a Jesuit and a spiritual director
◗◗ A hands-on approach to discernment that accompanies people who are experiencing various spiritual states or movements
◗◗ An easy-to-use resource section that includes Scripture relating to the discernment of spirits

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780829449594
Publisher: Loyola Press
Publication date: 06/15/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 124
Sales rank: 728,103
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ, has served as novice director, spiritual director, and high school campus minister for over 30 years. He has authored many popular books on prayer and spirituality, including God's Voice Within and Reimagining the Ignatian Examen. He lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he serves as pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Church and School.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Building on the Foundations of the Rules for Discernment vii

A Crash Course in Ignatian Discernment of Spirits ix

Part 1 Twelve Innovative Ideas about Discernment of Spirits 1

1 Idea #1: False Spirit Is a More Effective Term Than Evil Spirit 3

2 Idea #2: There Are Three Uses for the Rules for Discernment: Large, Short, and Situational Movements 7

3 Idea #3: We Can Apply These States of Being to Organizations, Groups, and Relationships 13

4 Idea #4: The Distinction between a Spiritual State of Being and an Emotional One Is Important, but Not Too Important 17

5 Idea #5: Consolation, Ignatian Indifference, and Spiritual Freedom Mostly Refer to the Same Phenomenon 21

6 Idea #6: There's Such a State as Difficult Consolation 25

7 Idea #7: Often, the Path from Desolation to Consolation Passes through Difficult Consolation 31

8 Idea #8: Is Your State of Being Placid or Dramatic? 37

9 Idea #9: Our Primary Focus Should Be on Discernment of Spirits, Not Discernment of Choices 45

10 Idea #10: What Is Consolation without Previous Cause? 51

11 Idea #11: Beware of the Moments Just after Consolation without Previous Cause 59

12 Idea #12: Ignatius's Insight about Being Cautious in the Time Immediately after Consolation without Previous Cause Also Must Be Applied to Ignatius's "First Time" of Making a Decision 65

Part 2 Employing Discernment of Spirits as a Spiritual Director or Pastoral Counselor 71

13 Accompanying Someone through Desolation 73

14 Accompanying Someone through Difficult Consolation 87

15 Accompanying Someone through False Consolation 93

16 Accompanying Someone through Consolation 101

17 Accompanying Someone through Consolation without Previous Cause 111

Part 3 Resources Helpful to Spiritual Directors, Pastoral Counselors, and Other Spiritual Helpers 117

18 Resource #1: Rules for Discernment of Spirits-Primary Text 119

19 Resource #2: Everything Ignatius Said About 131

20 Resource #3: Suggested Scripture Passages 147

21 Resource #4: Checklists to Assist in Determining Another Persons Spiritual State of Being 155

22 Resource #5: Glossary of Ignatian and Jesuit Terms 163

Endnotes 167

About the Author 171

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