The History of the Catholic Church

Chapter 6: What are the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius


What are the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius


Film Focus: The spiritual exercises created by St. Ignatius of Loyola are introduced in this video. The overall goal and process of the exercises is discussed as well as a brief summary of the content of each of the “weeks” reflection.


Text Focus: Pg. 204


Discussion Questions:


1.   In what way can this process created by St. Ignatius be called “exercise”?

2.  Why are the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises done in silence?

3.  How many weeks are there in the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises? Describe the focus of each week.

4.  Although you cannot devote thirty days to silent retreat at this time in your life, in what way can you increase the silence in your life to spend more time on the spiritual?

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