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Monday, January 24, 2011

The renewed practice of the Spiritual Exercises

A while ago I posted about a video from Georgetown University which featured four Jesuits, William Barry, John O'Malley, Joseph Tetlow, and John Padberg talking about Ignatius of Loyola's Spiritual Exercises: the Principle and Foundation, the first week through fourth, and the contemplation for attaining love. There were three videos in all, but I'd only watched that first one.

Today I watched the second video, which is about the renewal and resourcement of the Spiritual Exercises since Vatican II: a change from preached retreats given to groups of religious to directed retreats for individuals and to lay people, more of an emphasis on the 19th annotation (the Exercises in everyday life), the teaching of lay people in how to give the Exercises, and the growth of spirituality journals like The Way and 'Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits'. The video features Joseph Tetlow SJ, John Padberg SJ, and others. I found it really interesting :) You can watch it at Georgetown's site or at iTunes.

Those who are interested can read an article about the journal The Way ... The Ignatian Spirituality of The Way ... which can be found at Jesuit Philip Endean's website under the heading of 'publications'.


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