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: Timothy M. Gallagher
Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
Release Date: 2015-09-01
For everyone ready to make the shift from “What do I want for my life?” to “what does God want for my life?” In 10 lectures, filmed in the beautiful St. Clement's Shrine in Boston, Father Timothy Gallagher, presents a video guide for spiritual directors based on his bestselling titleDiscerning the Will of God. Using texts from St. Ignatius's Spiritual Exercises and real-life situations, Father Gallagher offers the spiritual director instruction on how to guide persons through the process of discernment, how to help them discern the movements of their hearts, and how to walk with them toward clarity regarding God's will. The insights offered throughout the series can be adapted to a wide range of decisions that persons may face in life. This DVD is also accompanied by a study guide, making it an ideal resource for all who want to discover where God is leading them, as well as for spiritual directors, retreat directors, and counselors.
Author: Donald A. Guglielmi
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date: 2017-12-07
The present book is the first work to highlight Catherine Doherty's vocation to spiritual motherhood. Drawing upon primary archival sources, the author traces Catherine's development as a staritsa, or spiritual mother in the Russian-Eastern tradition. Of particular interest are the chapters dealing with Catherine's exercise of spiritual motherhood for priests and laity alike. Previously unpublished letters of spiritual direction between Catherine and her major spiritual directors offer the reader a privileged glimpse into the soul of this servant of God and her spiritual children, as she grows in her vocation as staritsa. For example, in one striking letter, Catherine describes how she guided a disillusioned young priest who was struggling with a drinking problem and temptations involving young women, and was bordering on despair: "With clenched teeth I sailed into him, first gently, almost caressingly calling him back to Christ he once loved, then more sternly, then quietly. . . . He left full of thanks and some hope . . . ."
Author: David E. Rosage
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date: 1999-04-12
Drawing upon his many years as a spiritual director, Monsignor David E. Rosage analyzes how to seek spiritual direction...how to find a good spiritual director, the difference between personal counseling and spiritual direction and what are its realistic expectations. By dealing with these issues, one may begin the process of developing a more personal relationship with God, with a better understanding of his will in which to incorporate all decisions of your life.
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.
"Fr. Gallagher has written of the Founder of his religious order with a personal sense of the particular charism of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary and with a historian's sense of the context of its birth and development. Quite ordinary events in Lanteri's life are unified by his strong sense of spiritual purpose often obstructed by a body weakened with constant ill health; these same events are played out in the tension between Church and State in France and Piedmont in an age of revolution; they are reflected in the lives of his co-workers and companions in the various societies and communities he formed part of. A man who sought always to remain in the background is brought forward in this book so that all can begin again to discover his virtues and appreciate his influence today"--
Author: Mary Sharon Moore
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
Release Date: 2012-08-28
In a culture that?s ?all about me,? the church continues to offer men and women of Christian faith a refreshing, life-serving practice for personal growth: spiritual and vocational direction. Far from being today?s ?new personal trainers,? spiritual and vocational directors point the trajectory of life toward God. In her introduction to Moving in God?s Direction, author and vocational consultant Mary Sharon Moore notes: ?Spiritual directors have been around for centuries, going back to ? those early abbas and ammas of the desert tradition. ? This spiritual practice is not about getting the world to move in your direction; rather, it is about you moving in God?s direction?a far more humble proposition.? Moving in God's Direction is the fruit of Moore?s years of active study, observation, practice, prayer, and deep immersion in the church?s scriptural and liturgical traditions. The author distinctively integrates classic disciplines of Christian spiritual direction, charism discernment, vocational discernment, and scriptural and liturgical insights to offer readers a powerful way to engage the challenges and invitations to deeper meaning that shape their life.Part 1, ?Getting the Conversation Going: The Spirit Meets the Need,? examines crucial aspects of the director-directee relationship. Part 2, ?The Maturing Conversation: The Spiritual Meets the Vocational,? integrates life circumstances with the ongoing invitation to mature life in Christ. Appendix material offers practical tips, guidance, and encouragement in the actual spiritual direction session.Moving in God's Direction is not only an extensive and unusually integrative handbook for spiritual directors and directees, but an invaluable source of encouragement for people of Christian faith who seek to understand more deeply the many dimensions of life that are worth exploring in the light of God?s calling.Mary Sharon Moore is a Catholic author, speaker, and spiritual and vocational director. She is founding director of Awakening Vocations, a consulting practice that guides individuals and faith communities in awakening to God?s deeper calling. She is author of Touching the Reign of God, Moving in God's Direction, and numerous articles. Her spiritual direction practice spans the English-speaking world. More at www.awakeningvocations.com.
Author: Joseph A. Tetlow
Publisher: Loyola Press
Release Date: 2016-11-01
Pope Francis has explicitly and repeatedly stated that discernment is essential for anyone who is a follower of Jesus Christ. But what, exactly, is discernment? Why must we do it? When do we do it? How should we do it? In Always Discerning, Joseph A. Tetlow, SJ, delves thoughtfully into these questions and shares how lay Christians can implement discernment into not only life’s big decisions but also into the everyday, more mundane choices we constantly find ourselves having to make. Guided by Scripture, Pope Francis’s own words, and Ignatian spirituality, Fr. Tetlow helps us see that the dynamic interrelationship of head, heart, and hands is crucial to the discernment process. Ultimately, Always Discerning provides a powerful and highly practical way for the “people of God” to pray in the new millennium, while teaching us how to recognize God’s will in every area of our lives and respond to it in joy and love.
Author: Antonio P. Villahoz
Publisher: Scepter Publishers
Release Date: 2017-03-31
Many already appreciate the importance of spiritual direction in the interior life. But having a good director is not enough. One must also know how to make the most of spiritual direction. This book will help you to prepare well for your time in spiritual direction. It describes the four keys to a successful conversation with your director and offers a list of topics that should be covered. It will help you discern what is important and what is not important to talk about in spiritual direction. Making the Most of Spiritual Direction is a helpful aid to beginners and to those with more experience, as well as priests and those entrusted with giving direction to others.
This book is a collection of fifteen spiritual exercises for people who seek to experience God in everyday life with the help of Ignatian discernment. At times, life looks like a way of the cross. Pain is there, uninvited. Art and beauty have long been able to deepen our spirituality. By contemplating a work of art, we are invited to follow step by step the downward path of the disfigured Christ, who configures us in his glorious transfiguration. This Ignatian journey follows the steadfast rhythm of a bronze way of the cross, in which artist Werner Klenk has captured with astonishing and disarming power the essence of a Christian lifestyle made of encounters.