Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life
Phase II of the Ignatian Spirituality Institute program invites you into the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. The prayer of the Spiritual Exercises is a graced striving toward freedom and hope. Ignatius wrote in the first paragraph of the Spiritual Exercises:
For just as taking a walk, journeying on foot, and running are bodily exercises, so we call Spiritual Exercises every way of preparing and disposing the soul to rid itself of all inordinate attachments, and, after their removal, of seeking and finding the will of God in the disposition of our life for the salvation of our soul. [Sp.Ex. 1]
In the Exercises in Everday Life, you will:
- pray daily with given materials. You can expect to commit to 45 minutes to an hour of daily prayer.
- meet weekly with a spiritual guide to discuss and explore what is happening in your prayer. The guide is someone who has personally made the Spiritual Exercises and continues with ongoing formation of their ministry to help others make the Spiritual Exercises.
- retreatant and guide decide their own meeting time and place, as well as beginning and ending of the retreat.
It is highly recommended that persons interested in making the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life first make a retreat at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House, or other Jesuit retreat house. Priority will be given to persons who have made a silent ignatian retreat and participated in ISI Phase I Ignatian Foundation courses.
Applications to make the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life are required.
You may apply here.