The Spiritual Exercises – the second week

During this period of the Exercises, we consider closely the person of Jesus. Beginning with the infancy narratives and moving on to Jesus in his adult life, we engage as fully as we can with the humanity of Jesus and pray that we are able to accept his message personally. We acknowledge that the choice of following Jesus in poverty and humility means turning away from comforts and rewards and take that to heart. The exercises of this week help to see what it means to express our decision to live in the service of Jesus and in his company.

See Ignatian Spirituality for more about the Spiritual Exercises

Ignatius of Loyola wrote the Spiritual Exercises once he had found that certain meditations and contemplations–“Exercises”–were helpful to others in coming to a clearer image of God, themselves and their place in the world. While the text is widely published, they Exercises a more a set of “director’s notes” used to guide a person during a month-long retreat than a text to be read alone.  The ‘weeks’ described in the Exercises refer to the four main phases.

Every Jesuit does the Spiritual Exercises during his initial training and again during Tertianship. Please pray for the Tertians in Dublin who will be doing the Exercises from 19 November to 20 December.