Each year I offer the Ignatian Exercises From October through May.
About the spiritual exercises of st. ignatius
Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, developed the Spiritual Exercises, one of the enduring treasures of Christian faith and devotion. This journey of prayer was written in the 1500’s, but it has continued to bear spiritual fruit across the centuries. The Exercises primarily consist of praying with Scripture, where we are invited to let God inspire our imagination so that we encounter Jesus though the gospel stories.
The Exercises begin with prayers that help us know that we are deeply loved by God. With the love of God as our foundation, we are able to face into our sin and experience deep grace and forgiveness. Then we pray through the life of Jesus using gospel stories: His birth and childhood, His public ministry, His passion, His resurrection and the new life we are offered.
Through the Exercises, many people encounter Jesus in a profound way, finding their love for Jesus increased, with a deep desire to serve Him with joy. The Exercises are also a school of discernment, where we let desire for God lead us as we offer our lives more completely to Him.
how Does The Ignatian Exercises work?
I provide the opportunity to pray through the Exercises each year in San Francisco and online via video conference. I use the 19th annotation version in which people pray through the Ignatian Exercises over the course of 9 months. There are nine half-day retreat experiences over the course of the nine months, which include video teachings by Bill Zuelke of Soul Formation. A small group of others praying the Exercises will join you at these retreats, creating a rich time of learning and sharing how God has been at work in our prayers.
Also included are nine one-on-one retreat direction sessions with me in between the half-day retreats. These provide a place to share more personally about your experiences, to celebrate God’s work in your life, ask questions and help you go deeper in prayer.
Ok, I’m interested. what can I do?
Contact me to begin a conversation about whether the Ignatian Exercises are a fit for you at this time. I also have some warm-up prayers you could try, to help you decide whether you want to do the full Exercises.