The third week of the Exercises draws us into union with Christ. We come to realise that to follow Christ is to be united with him, not just on the road of discipleship, but in his suffering and death. We pray not only that we have deep sorrow for sin, but that we have deeper compassion for the world in which God still suffers. Even in the shadow of the cross, we pray that we may discover a joy in being united with Jesus. We pray for a deeper desire to live our lives fully in response to God’s love.

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, the Exercises are 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.