The "What" and "Why" of the Spiritual Exercises

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Meeting the Living God in Daily Life

                                in the tradition of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises

Finding God in All Things

                Who would embark on this experience ?. Scroll down

                What personal commitment is one expected to make ?. Scroll down

                What time commitment is one expected to make ? Scroll down

                Movement towards great interior freedom ? Scroll down

For Whom ...

Who would embark on this experience...

The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius are for those who seek:

greater inner freedom

deeper inner healing

integrity and authenticity

renewed fire and life energy

deep, abiding peace

renewed sense of purpose, direction, meaning

a deeper sense of the sacred

clearer sense of God's presence and activity in one's life

a greater sense of connection with oneself, loved ones, the human family, and all creation

a spirit of discernment

a thirst for justice and peace

a desire to serve others


a deeper, more vibrant knowledge of and relationship with God/Jesus

Personal Commitment

What personal commitment am I expected to make...

            One making the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius would be asked to:


The Spiritual Director/Prayer Companion is one who accompanies you in order to support and aid you in:

Time Commitment

What time commitment am I expected to make...

Eight-week directed prayer experience

Five-month directed prayer experience

30-Week directed prayer experience

Freedom and the Spiritual Exercises

Movement towards interior freedom...

A Wisdom Story From the East


A peasant came running up to a holy man, who was

resting under a tree. 

"The stone!  The stone!  Give me the precious stone!"


"What stone?" asked the holy man.


"Last night I dreamed that I would find a holy man who

would give me a precious stone that would make me rich

forever," replied the peasant.


The holy man rummaged through his bag and pulled out a stone. 

 "He probably meant this one," he said as he handed it to the

 peasant.  “I found it on a forest path a few days ago.  You can

certainly have it."


The man looked at the stone in wonder.  It was a diamond, probably

the largest diamond in the whole world; he took it and walked away. 

All night he tossed about in bed, unable to sleep. 

Next day at the crack of dawn he woke the holy man and said,

"Give me the wealth that makes it possible for you to give this

diamond away so easily."


     Anthony de Mellow, S.J., The Diamond, The Song of the Bird



Interior Freedom and The Ignatian Spiritual Exercises

The Ignatian Spiritual Exercises are to be experienced in the context of one's real present-day world. They support a spirituality directed towards sustaining a life of compassionate, generous service. They engage one in a steady, growing interior freedom - a freedom to live and to love.


1.  Freedom, to grow in self-knowledge to become more aware of our true authentic self and to live out of that authenticity.

2.   Freedom to recognize evil and the obstacles of life within oneself and within one's community and the world.

3.   Freedom to engage in a personal transformation that moves us to greater solidarity with all.

4.   Freedom to engage in the work of social transformation leading to greater peace and justice.

5.   Freedom to grow in friendship with Jesus.

6.   Freedom to grow in the life, compassion, and Spirit of God.


Inner freedom leads to "indifference;" that is, an indifference that avails us the freedom to respond generously to our growing awareness of God's love and action in our lives.


The Fruit of Inner Freedom - in the words of Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

Nothing is more practical than finding God,

that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way.

What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.

It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning,

what you will do with your evenings,

how you will spend your weekends,

what you read,

what you know that breaks your heart,

and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.

Fall in love, stay in love,

and it will decide everything.

 Pedro Arrupe, S.J.