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.
In three short years, Fr. Timothy Gallagher's blend of commonsense insight and historical wisdom has made him the most sought-after expert on Ignatian spirituality. In lectures, retreats, CD programs, and TV broadcasts, he helps people of all faiths apply Ignatian truths to their own lives. In this new guide, Fr. Tim offers 40 practical, directed meditations for learning the Ignatian way to pray.
Author: George A. Aschenbrenner
Publisher: Loyola Press
Release Date: 2004
First published in 1548, The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius was intended as a guide for others on their own spiritual journeys. Today, almost five hundered years later, people continue to seek the heart-to-heart encounter with God through the experience of the Exercises. While many scholarly books and commentaries have explored the Spiritual Exercises, respected spiritual director George Aschenbrenner introduces the reader to the dynamics that are at the heart of the Exercises in Stretched for Greater Glory. With great passion and enthusiasm, Aschenbrenner describes what happens when one engages in the Exercises. His straightforward commentary and vast knowledge make this book appropriate for both the novice spiritual seeker and the experienced spiritual director. Throughout the book Aschenbrenner shows how the Exercises stretch the desires of the heart and focus one's love on God and in grateful service of others.
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.
The cornerstones of Ignatius of Loyola’s spiritual practice—meditation and contemplation—are clearly explained in this simple guide to the Ignatian method with examples from the experience of practitioners and quotations from Catholic spiritual teachers. In the process, the deeper structure of the spiritual practice is illuminated, and advice about adapting it to individual needs is offered. Topics include methods of praying, struggles and growth, and the importance and role of grace. Individuals who desire to pray with scripture, spiritual directors, and all who teach prayer with scripture will benefit from the counsel in this resource.
This book explores the similarities and differences between the practice of psychotherapy and spiritual direction and suggests that, whilst there may be distinctions between the two activities, the process is essentially the same. The purpose of the book is to improve the understanding between therapists and spiritual directors, to encourage dialogue and discussion between them, as well as to offer challenges and learning to both.In the process of exploring the interface between the practice of therapy and the practice of spiritual direction, questions arise about how to address issues of spirituality in a psychological context and psychological issues in a spiritual context. A brief overview of the historical background to spiritual direction is given, and attention drawn to the links between this tradition and the development of psychotherapy. Spiritual issues that may arise in therapy together with psychological issues that occur during spiritual direction are discussed, leading on to a comparison between 'dark night of the soul' experiences and clinical depression.Ethical practice and the recognition of possible misuse of power in both the therapeutic and spiritual direction relationships are examined and the subject of the inclusion of prayer in either is also considered. The provision of relevant and effective training is discussed.The book concludes with a proposition that, taking common factors theory into account, spiritual direction might be considered to be a modality of psychotherapy, and an invitation to those engaged in either psychotherapy or spiritual direction to engage in further discussion and conversation in the interests of developing good practice in both.
St. Ignatius Loyola is one of the great shapers of the Catholic tradition. The Spanish soldier turned pilgrim for Christ bequeathed not only an extraordinary institutional legacy but also a distinctive spirituality that today nourishes men and women looking for ways to integrate faith and life. Informing Jesuit education, ministry, and training in communities around the world, Ignatian spirituality offers a practical vision-of engaged, responsible, discerning men and women striving to find God in all things-that resonates in this age of transition. Drawn from the vast body of Ignatius's writings, these 365 maxims help everyone reflect on the presence of God in daily life. First complied by the Jesuit scholar Gabriel Hevenesi in 1715 as Scintillae Ignatianae, these brief thoughts, supplications, prayers, directions, and other aphorisms were first published in an English translation in 1928 but have been unavailable in book form for many years.Organized into a daybook for contemplation, Ignatius's words serve as personal spiritual exercises. They touch on a range of topics, from affirmations of God's presence and Christ's love to practical advice for living a life of virtue in service to others. In this accessible gathering, anyone seeking a richer spiritual life will find words that inspire, challenge, enlighten, and transform.FROM THE BOOKA little holiness and great health of body does more in the care of souls than great holiness and little health.Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today."The sharper you are at noticing other people's failings, the more apt you will be to overlook your own."Go and set the whole world on fire. This wonderful habit of devotional calendars can only change us for the better and often offer soothing advice for each day of the year.
"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: Andy Alexander
Publisher: Loyola Press
Release Date: 2008-11-01
Retreat in the Real World allows anyone to make an in-depth, self-directed Ignatian retreat on his or her own time. This 34-week retreat can be started at any point in the calendar year and can be done anywhere, at any time; by yourself or with others.
It is a truism that we live in a time of renewed spiritual self-search and reflection -- the response, some suggest, to a feeling of meaninglessness or superficiality in one's spiritual life. Many people search for someone who will listen, guide, and encourage them -- but entrusting one's very soulcare to another calls for a gifted guide. Written for all those who in any way are involved in spiritual direction and pastoral care, or wish to prepare for the same, Stinissen's book discusses the qualities essential for such counselors/advisers and is meant to renew and strengthen the Church's role as a primary source for meaningful spiritual "therapy." Among the themes explored are listening; dialogue; false and real feelings of guilt; difficulties in prayer; discerning God's will. "Every person longs to be able to expose himself to another human being in his full reality, " writes Stinissen, "with his light and his darkness, and to be accepted and loved just as he is." To that end he emphasizes the important role and responsibility of a spiritual director or "soul friend." In addition to reflecting on specific qualities or qualifications of the director, Stinissen discusses some of the specific questions a director is likely to be asked by the directae and helpful ways of responding in various situations.