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Saint Ignatius Loyola: Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome



ANIMA IGNATIANA - The Ignatian Spirit

The Spiritual Exercises

To conquer oneself and regulate one’s life without determining oneself through any tendency that is disordered.
   S.E., title page following the Annotations this name of Spiritual Exercises is meant every way of examining one’s conscience, of meditating, of contemplating, of praying vocally and mentally, and of performing other spiritual actions, as will be said later. For as strolling, walking and running are bodily exercises, so every way of preparing and disposing the soul to rid itself of all the disordered tendencies, and, after it is rid, to seek and find the Divine Will as to the management of one’s life for the salvation of the soul, is called a Spiritual Exercise.
   S.E., First Annotation
It is very helpful to him who is receiving the Exercises to enter into them with great courage and generosity towards his Creator and Lord, offering2 Him all his will and liberty, that His Divine Majesty may make use of his person and of all he has according3 to His most Holy Will.
   S.E., Fifth Annotation
I consider in our Lord that if at one time we have need of such and such spiritual and physical exercises, at another we have just as much need of different exercises, and that those which have once been useful to us, are not always so later.
   Rome, September 20, 1548. To the Duke of Gandia.
The scholastics can endeavor to seek the presence of our Lord in all things, in conversation with others, in walking, in looking, in tasting, in hearing, in understanding and in all that we do, since it is a fact that His divine Majesty is everywhere by presence, power and essence.
   Rome, June 1, 1551. To Antonio Brandano.
Above all, I want you to increase the pure love of Jesus Christ in the desire of His glory and the salvation of the souls which He has redeemed.
   Rome, May 7, 1547 To the Scholastics at Coimbra.
I beg of you for His love and for the most cruel death which He suffered for us to saturate yourself with the Exercises ... for they contain what I can conceive, feel and understand to be the best in this life, so that a man may be able to benefit himself and to gather fruit to help and benefit many others.
   Venice, November 16, 1536. To Dr. E. de Moina.

The Spiritual Exercises

The End of Man