The cornerstones of Ignatius of Loyolas spiritual practice, meditation and contemplation, are clearly explained in this simple guide to the Ignatian method with examples from the experience of practitioners and quotations from Catholic spiritual teachers. In the process, the deeper structure of the spiritual practice is illuminated, and advice about adapting it to individual needs is offered. Topics include methods of praying, struggles and growth, and the importance and role of grace. Individuals who desire to pray with scripture, spiritual directors, and all who teach prayer with scripture will benefit from the counsel in this resource.
Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV, is considered to be one of the greatest interpreters of the spirituality of Ignatius of Loyola. He is a popular retreat leader, an Ignatius scholar, and a lecturer. He is the author of The Discernment of Spirits: The Ignatian Rule for Everyday Life, The Examen Prayer, and An Ignatian Introduction to Prayer. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
No Christian saint has ever been more mindful of method, or more aware of the everyday Christians practical needs, than St. Ignatius of Loyola, whose Spiritual Exercises were a kind of plan book for closeness to God through imaginative identification, that is, "contemplation." Gallagher (The Discernment of Spirits) rightly points out that Ignatiuss method can also be used for contemplations reflective counterpart, meditation. This brief, practical book is bursting with examples and includes a comparative outline of contemplative practices. For most collections.
- Graham Christian - Library Journal