Saint Ignatius Loyola-The Spiritual Writings: Selections Annotated & Explained

Saint Ignatius Loyola-The Spiritual Writings: Selections Annotated & Explained


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594733017
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Series: SkyLight Illuminations Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mark Mossa, SJ, teaches American Catholicism at Fordham University and has also taught at Loyola University in New Orleans. He frequently writes on Ignatian spirituality, contemporary Christianity and ministry with youth and young adults. He is coauthor of Just War, Lasting Peace: What Christian Traditions Can Teach Us and author of Already There: Letting God Find You.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Practical Mysticism ix

Part 1 Ignatius the Pilgrim 1
Soldier or Saint? 3
The Pilgrim Sets Out 7
Destination: Jerusalem 13
Suspicions and Arrests 17
At the University of Paris 23

Part 2 The Spiritual Exercises 27
Their Purpose and Goal 29
How Do the Exercises Work? 31
The First Week 33
The Second Week 37
The Annunciation 39
Contemplation on the Nativity 41
The Third Week 43
Imagining Jesus 45
The Fourth Week 47
Gratitude 49
Contemplation to Gain Love 51

Part 3 Ignatian Prayer 53
What Does Prayer Require? 55
How, and for How Long? 59
Separating Oneself from Daily Cares 61
Spontaneous Prayer 63
Using Imagination in Prayer 65
Application of the Senses 67
First Method: On the Ten Commandments 69
Second Method: Meditating on the "Our Father" 73
Third Method: Rhythm 77
A Method of Self-Examination 81
The Inevitability of Distraction 83

Part 4 Choices and Life Decisions 85
Choosing with and for Jesus 87
Choosing between Good and Evil 89
Choosing for Good 95
Methods for Making a Decision 101
Another Method of Discernment 105
Choosing What Is Best 107
Choosing God's Service 111
Times for Making a Decision 113
A Deep Bond with Jesus 117

Part 5 The Interior Life 121
Becoming Aware 123
Awareness of Sin, Resistance, and Faults 127
The Different Spirits at Work in Our Lives 129
Consolation and Desolation 131
Spiritual Desolation 133
Causes of Desolation 135
Self-Awareness 137
Interior Movements of the Soul 141
Repression of Desires 143
The Importance of Self-Care 145
Obstacles in the Spiritual Life 149
Agere Contra, “To Act Against” 151
True and False Scruples 155

Part 6 Living with and for Others 161
Self-Care and Moderation 163
Compassion 167
Guiding Others 169
Letting God Do the Work 171
“Go in Their Door” 173
Love’s Authority 175
Mutual Love and the Common Good 179
Judging Others 181
Conflicting Demands 183
Obedience 187
Obedience in Community 189
Degrees of Obedience 193
Setting Priorities 195

Part 7 Imitating Jesus 199
The “Kingdom Prayer” 201
Of the Coming of Christ to the Temple
When He Was of the Age of Twelve Years 203
The Obedience of Christ 205
Of the Life of Christ Our Lord from Twelve to Thirty Years 207
Of How Christ Was Baptized 209
Desiring to Live Like Jesus 211
The Humility of Christ 213
Pride and False Humility 215
Imitating the Saints 217
Following the Call of the Apostles 219
Praying Like Jesus and the Saints 221
Poverty 223
The Blessings of Poverty 225
Begging Alms 227

Part 8 Union of Mind and Heart 229
Holy Ardor and Growth in Virtue 231
The Need for Balance 233
Preaching 237
Studies 241
Spiritual Temptations 243
Writing 245
The Value of Teaching 249

Suggestions for Further Reading 252

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