Timothy Gallagher has focused his entire adult life to studying and teaching Ignatian spirituality. For decades he has made it the focus of his work to guide spiritual directors in the rich Ignatian discipline which currently is experiencing a remarkable renaissance far beyond the Catholic realm. Out of this work grew the Handbook for Spiritual Directors which will make Fr. Gallagher’s extraordinary teaching available to Fr. Gallagher’s growing audience around the world. This book helps spiritual directors guide the process of Ignatian discernment in a very practical and yet profoundly spiritual way. Spiritual directors receive few requests more often, and more demanding than that of helping a person discern God’s will in life’s taxing decisions. With this handbook, Fr. Gallagher has provided the means necessary for responding to and helping with this request. For those spiritual directors trained in Ignatian spirituality this book offers to become an essential companion, and for those who want to learn this form of discernment this book will provide the foundation for understanding and learning this age-old, proven process for discerning the will of God.
Author: David B. Perrin
Release Date: 2007-08-07
This book provides a new introduction to the study of Christian spirituality, exploring it through the human sciences and ranging from philosophy and hermeneutics to psychology, history, sociology and anthropology. Systematic and progressive, it introduces the key approaches and shows how they relate to the understanding, study and practice of spirituality. Covering a vast amount of ground - from traditional themes such as images of God, spiritual direction and pilgrimage to more contemporary issues, such as place and space, cyberspace and postcolonialism - the author takes an ecumenical, inclusive stance, allowing the book to be used in a wide variety of courses and across denominations.
This handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the nature of dreams as understood from a range of diverse perspectives, and their relevance for pastoral care. Its approach is both systematic and practical, enabling ministers, spiritual directors and counsellors to understand the nature of dreams and the role they play in the lives of those in their pastoral care. Dreams are a universal phenomenon and have a long established role in religious faith and practice. Yet many pastors feel ill-equipped to deal with this area of human consciousness. In this guide, twenty-two contributors from a wide variety of disciplines explore the potential of dreams to bring about renewal, healing, reconciliation and encounter with the transcendent. • Part 1 examines dreams from theological, psychological and cultural anthropological perspectives. • Part 2 explores the theme of dreams and religion through empirical data, theory and reflections. • Part 3 considers dreams and the practice of pastoral care for a variety of settings and groups.
Guided prayer is one of the main tools of spiritual direction and a popular focus for many retreats. Based on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola, its aim is to help people make good choices that enable them to live in freedom before God. Prayerful reading of the scriptures and helping to interpret readers' reactions (which can be revealing) are its basic methods. This book explains the 'nuts and bolts' of this key aspect of spiritual direction.
David Lonsdale lifts the message of St. Ignatius of Loyola out of the sixteenth century and interprets it for the modern reader. He shows that Ignatius' teaching helps those engaged in a spiritual search to recognize and respond to God's loving initiatives in daily life.
Author: Marie A. Conn
Publisher: University Press of America
Release Date: 2009-12-11
These essays explore the creation of the 'other' as the basis for conflict among humans, within the context of each author's background, interests, and research. These essays speak of the 'other,' how we create categories and their consequences, and ways of re-imaging those who differ from ourselves.