The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola has been one of the greatest classics of Western spirituality for more than 400 years. Whether you are discovering it for the first time or you are an expert seeking fresh insight into the Exercises, you will profit from this unique new series. Your guide is Fr. Brian McDermott, S.J., former academic dean of the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. A spiritual director for 35 years, he has been Jesuit tertian director for the Maryland and New York Jesuit provinces since 1996.
The Exercises have guided countless Jesuits, other religious and lay people into a profound experience of God as revealed in Jesus Christ. It gained immeasurable success by staying close to the life of Christ, as revealed in the Gospels, and inviting believers to accompany Jesus in his being born, his ministry, his passion and death, and resurrection.
These 18 lectures will introduce you to the powerful dynamics of this timeless classic. Drawing on his own experience of directing the Exercises, Fr. McDermott will guide you into the riches of this text with expert commentaries and relevant contemporary theology.
Ignatius' imagination was orderly and vibrant. Because of his conviction that believers are best able to grow in their spiritual lives through a combination of structure and flexibility, he developed his Exercises to offer both strengths. You'll explore the series of progressive and cumulative prayer exercises, through which the believer experiences all the most important 'moments' of the Christian journey.
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About Your Presenter
Fr. Brian McDermott, S.J. is a Catholic priest and a member of the Jesuits, the Society of Jesus. He is currently the Special Assistant to the President at Georgetown University. He previously served as Rector of the Jesuit Community, Research Professor in the Department of Theology, and Affiliate Professor in the Department of Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University Maryland. He received his doctorate in systematic theology from the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, in 1973. From 1973 to 2000, he was a member of the faculty of Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass., serving as academic dean for eight of those years. Fr. McDermott is the author of two books, What are They Saying About the Grace of Christ? and Word Become Flesh: Dimensions of Christology as well as numerous articles and reviews.
- Ignatius and the Exercises
- The Structure of the Exercises
- Introductory Guidelines
- Preparatory Days and the Principle and Foundation
- The First Week I: God Reveals and Heals My Brokenness
- The First Week II: Contemporary Perspectives on Grace and Sin
- The Second Week I: From Gratitude to Discipleship
- The Second Week II: Contemplating Jesus, Fully Human and Fully Rooted in the Father
- The Second Week III: Special Meditations in Service of a Deeper Belonging St. Ignatius' Guidelines for Discernment of Spirits
- St. Ignatius' Guidelines for Christian Decision-Making
- The Third Week I: Remaining Faithful to Jesus in His Passion
- The Third Week II: Contemporary Perspectives on Jesus' Passion and Death
- Holy Saturday and Beyond
- The Fourth Week: Joy with Jesus in His Rejoicing
- The Contemplation to Attain Love
- Living Faithfully in the Community Called Church
- Ignatian Tensions in Living the Christian Life