The Discernment of Spirits: A Reader's Guide: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living

The Discernment of Spirits: A Reader's Guide: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living

by Timothy M. Gallagher OMV

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The Discernment of Spirits: A Reader's Guide: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living by Timothy M. Gallagher OMV

This handy, easy-to-use workbook is chock full of probing questions, real-life stories, and practical tips on how to apply the profound spiritual insights from the Ignatian tradition of patient, prayerful self-examination. Acclaimed interpreter of Saint Ignatius, author Father Gallagher provides clear explanations of the centuries-old Jesuit method of discerning God’s will in one’s life—and avoiding evil. A practical guide and journaling tool, it includes ample space on every page for notes, reflections, and journaling, all to help readers track their progress toward a closer, more loving union with God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780824549855
Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
Publication date: 05/15/2013
Pages: 104
Sales rank: 513,062
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV, is considered to be one of the greatest interpreters of the spirituality of Ignatius of Loyola. He is a popular retreat leader, an Ignatius scholar, and a lecturer. He is the author of several books, including Begin Again, The Discernment of Spirits: The Ignatian Rule for Everyday Life, The Examen Prayer, An Ignatian Introduction to Prayer, and Meditation and Contemplation. He lives in Boston.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction ix

Prologue: What Is Discernment of Spirits? 1

Rule 1 When a Person Moves Away from God 5

Rule 2 When a Person Moves toward God 12

Rule 3 Spiritual Consolation 18

Rule 4 Spiritual Desolation 24

Rule 5 Spiritual Desolation: A Time for Fidelity 32

Rule 6 Spiritual Desolation: A Time for Initiative 39

Rule 7 Spiritual Desolation: A Time for Resistance 45

Rule 8 Spiritual Desolation: A Time for Patience 51

Rule 9 Why Does God Allow Spiritual Desolation? 56

Rule 10 Spiritual Consolation: A Time to Prepare 62

Rule 11 Spiritual Consolation and Spiritual Desolation: Finding Our Balance 68

Rule 12 Standing Firm in the Beginnings 74

Rule 13 Breaking the Spiritual Silence 79

Rule 14 Strengthening the Weak Point 83

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