Toward Greater Freedom: Resources for the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola
This page is designed to be a resource those who
wish to utilize the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola to lead one's self or others to developing a more personal relationship with Jesus.
It is strongly recommended (and perhaps an absolute
requirement) that before attempting to offer the Exercises to your
students that you already have experience with them through some type
of directed retreat. The purpose of these exercises is to help the
student develop the skills needed to pray with the Scriptures in a
creative, personal and dynamic manner. The learning is progressive and
the student gradually learns how to express his or her emotions and
spiritual insights. As such, it is best if they are done as a package
deal rather than just selecting a few of them. The whole becomes much
greater than the sum of its parts.
In the table below you will find a brief description of each of the
31 exercises. I recommend presenting the PowerPoint Introduction to the
Spiritual Exercises before beginning. For the individual reflections, I
worked with 45 minute classes. Using the individual reflections, I
usually read the introduction, put on some calming music, and let the
students have 30 minutes of quiet reflection. During this time, the
students read the Scripture passage and pray with it. After 30 minutes,
I give the students a copy of the Spiritual Exercise Journal sheet and
they have 15 minutes to complete it. This prevents the students from
writing at the beginning and helps them to avoid the temptation to see
this simply as a completion assignment to be done in a hurried mannner.
- The Spiritual Exercises - A summary of our Journey - An outline describing the reflections
- Table of Contents
- Introductory PowerPoint Presentation - Provides background information about the history and nature of the Spiritual Exercises
- Spiritual Exercise Journal: Blank page used to record reflections
- Grading Rubric (Working Draft): Used to grade student reflections
- Key Questions (Working Draft): Key Questions used as part of the grading rubric
Disposition Days and Week 1 of the Spiritual Exercises
- Reflection #01 - Warmup Stretches
- Reflection #02 - God's Love Revealed
- Reflection #03 - Principle and Foundation
- Reflection #04 - God's Love
- Reflection #05 - Ignatian Indifference
- Reflection #06 - Sin
- Reflection #07 - God's Forgiving Love
- Reflection #08 - Seeing With th Eyes of Jesus from the Cross
- Reflection #09 - Called by Name
Week 2 of the Spiritual Exercises
- Reflection #10 - Kingdom of Christ Meditation
- Reflection #11 - The Immaculate Conception of Mary
- Reflection #12 - The Annunciation of Jesus' Birth
- Reflection #13 - The Birth of Jesus
- Reflection #14 - The Magi Adore Jesus
- Reflection #15 - The Hidden Years of Jesus
- Reflection #16 - The Baptism of Jesus
- Reflection #17 - Jesus in the Desert
- Reflection #18 - The Three Responses
- Reflection #19 - Jesus the Healer
- Reflection #20 - Jesus the Friend
- Reflection #21 - Jesus the Preacher
Week 3 of the Spiritual Exercises
- Reflection #22 - Jesus the Troublemaker
- Reflection #23 - Jesus Returns to Jerusalem
- Reflection #24 - The Last Supper
- Reflection #25 - The Passion of the Christ*: Peter's Denial/Garden of Gethsemane
- Reflection #26 - The Passion of the Christ*: The Trial of Jesus and the Scourging at the Pillar
- Reflection #27 - The Passion of the Christ*: Jesus Carries the Cross
- Reflection #28 - The Passion of the Christ*: The Death and Burial of Jesus
Week 4 of the Spiritual Exercises
- Reflection #29 - The Resurrection of Jesus
- Reflection #30 - Jesus on the Road to Emmaus
- Reflection #31 - The Contemplatio
* n.b. The Passion of the Christ is a rated R film. It
contains what can easily be considered as violent images. I have found
it helpful to provide a Parent Information Sheet to inform parents that
I will be showing the film. If a parent or student does not wish to see
the film then in place of the film the student can read the appropriate
sections from one of the gospels as provided on the sheets.
Alternatively, the individual reflections can be done and In my
opinion, the most graphical scenes are the scourging at the pillar and
the crucifixion scenes.
- PowerPoint Presentation on First Week of the Exercises: Sin: Presentation to help the students deal understand the purpose of looking at one's personal sinfulness
- The Passion of the Christ: In Your Own Words: Student responses to the Third Week of the Spiritual Exercises
- Final Presentation Guideline: Given to the students to help them prepare for the Final Presentation
- Sample Final Presentation: The sample presentation is shared with the students to let them know what I am expecting from their own presentations.
- Stretched for Greater Glory: What to Expect from the Spiritual Exercises by George Aschenbrenner, S.J.
- Finding God in All Things by William Barry, S.J.
- A Friendship Like No Other: Experiencing God's Amazing Embrace by William Barry, S.J.
- Draw Me Into Your Friendship: The Spiritual Exercises by David L. Fleming, S.J.
- The Ignatian Workout: Daily Spiritual Exercises for a Healthy Faith by Tim Muldoon
- The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius by Louis J. Puhl, S.J.
- Making Choices in Christ: The Foundations of Ignatian Spirituality by Joseph Tetlow, S.J.
This page and its resources were created by Anthony Borrow, S.J. and
collaborators at Dallas Jesuit College Preparatory. All materials are
copyrighted © 2007, Anthony Borrow, Dallas Jesuit College Preparatory,
Dallas, Texas 75244. All Rights Reserved. If you wish to use these
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email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your feedback, comments, and corrections are also welcome. This page was lasted updated on July 17, 2008.
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