Your Own Spiritual Exercises

God In All Things

ignatius manresaDuring the beginning of Saint Ignatius’ journeys, after he had laid his sword before the altar of Our Lady of Montserrat and had taken the clothes of a beggar, he made his way to a cave in Manresa for a few days of prayer and contemplation. His time there turned into ten months of prayer and work at a hospital. It was in Manresa that Ignatius formed the Spiritual Exercises, a set of meditations and guidelines for a 30-day retreat all Jesuits make, as well as many lay people and other religious orders. What began as jottings in his notebook turned into one of the most famous spiritual guides in the world.

In Manresa Ignatius experienced profound transformation. God was like his school teacher, he often analogised. During his time there he made notes of his experience of God, the emotions and feelings he experienced as well as the fruits…

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