What are the Spiritual Exercises?
The Spiritual Exercises are named after St Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556). The Exercises grew out of Ignatius’ mystical experiences and insights which continue to speak to all who desire greater intimacy with God and inner freedom in their life and community today. At the heart of the Spiritual Exercises is invitation to love and know Jesus as Beloved and friend, so as to participate in the ever expanding life of Christ today.
For the past four centuries, spiritual directors have adapted the Exercises to meet the desires and needs of people seeking such intimacy with God. As part of my work in Ignatian Spirituality, I offer the New Spiritual Exercises: In the Spirit of Teilhard de Chardin for those interested in a contemplative, prayerful journey integrating the evolutionary, ecological and theological spirit of Teilhard de Chardin.
What does the Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life involve?
The retreat is given over 35 weeks. You are asked to pray for an hour everyday with materials given to you by your Director each week and to meet with your Director for an hour each week. Spiritual Direction can be face to face or by skype or telephone. For more information about being given the Exercises contact Robyn
If you are interested in being given the Full Spiritual Exercises in 2019, a two hour ‘taste and see’ introduction will be offered on Wednesday 7th November 2018 at St Bartholomew’s Church, Alstonville, 5.00 – 7.00pm. A Zoom session will also be offered on Tuesday 13th November, 12.00 – 2.00pm for those wanting to join online and who are interested in undertaking the Exercises by Skype or phone. Download this brochure for more information: Introduction to the Spiritual Exercises, 2019