During August, I’ll focus on how Ignatian principles of spiritual growth are quite fitting for those of us in the second half of life. “Find Your Inner Iggy” is the title of a promotion Loyola Press had going on Facebook recently, and I really like the sound of that phrase—rather whimsical. Become a Master of [...]
This week’s Friday video is several minutes long, but for those of you intrigued by our discussion on discernment, consolation, and desolation, here is a direct translation from St. Ignatius’s “Rules for the Discernment of Spirits,” with music and images. Of course this was written in quite a different time, so the language and some [...]
No matter how pure our motives and how flawless our discernment process, we depend on God’s grace ultimately to help us make not only good choices, but the best ones. We count on God’s grace as we examine our hearts. We need grace to help us detach from biases and the sorts of passions—both negative [...]
Discernment is a profound task, but it’s also a great gift.
In the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, there are various “rules for the discernment of spirits”—what we would simply call principles of wise discernment. Included in these rules are four helpful strategies to use when trying to make a good decision. Line Up the Pros and Cons. Make a list of all the advantages of [...]