Download and read online A Handbook for Spiritual Directors in PDF and EPUB Timothy Gallagher has focused his entire adult life to studying and teaching Ignatian spirituality. For decades he has made it the focus of his work to guide spiritual directors in the rich Ignatian discipline which currently is experiencing a remarkable renaissance far beyond the Catholic realm. Out of this work grew the Handbook for Spiritual Directors which will make Fr. Gallagher’s extraordinary teaching available to Fr. Gallagher’s growing audience around the world. This book helps spiritual directors guide the process of Ignatian discernment in a very practical and yet profoundly spiritual way. Spiritual directors receive few requests more often, and more demanding than that of helping a person discern God’s will in life’s taxing decisions. With this handbook, Fr. Gallagher has provided the means necessary for responding to and helping with this request. For those spiritual directors trained in Ignatian spirituality this book offers to become an essential companion, and for those who want to learn this form of discernment this book will provide the foundation for understanding and learning this age-old, proven process for discerning the will of God.
Download and read online Discerning the Will of God in PDF and EPUB For everyone ready to make the shift from “What do I want for my life?” to “what does God want for my life?” In 10 lectures, filmed in the beautiful St. Clement's Shrine in Boston, Father Timothy Gallagher, presents a video guide for spiritual directors based on his bestselling titleDiscerning the Will of God. Using texts from St. Ignatius's Spiritual Exercises and real-life situations, Father Gallagher offers the spiritual director instruction on how to guide persons through the process of discernment, how to help them discern the movements of their hearts, and how to walk with them toward clarity regarding God's will. The insights offered throughout the series can be adapted to a wide range of decisions that persons may face in life. This DVD is also accompanied by a study guide, making it an ideal resource for all who want to discover where God is leading them, as well as for spiritual directors, retreat directors, and counselors.
Download and read online The Way of Spiritual Direction in PDF and EPUB It may well become a classic in this important area of spirituality. It is the reader's opinion that if you read only one book on this subject this year, The Way of Spiritual Direction should be the one." John G. Durbin, STL. "
Download and read online The Discernment of Spirits in PDF and EPUB St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, is one of the most influential spiritual leaders of all time, yet many readers find his Rules for Discernment hard to understand. What can Ignatius teach us about the discernment of spirits that lies at the very heart of Christian life? In The Discernment of Spirits, talented teacher, retreat leader, and scholar Timothy M. Gallagher helps us understand the Rules and how their insights are essential for our spiritual growth today. By integrating the Rules and the experience of contemporary people, Gallagher shows the precision, clarity, and insight of Ignatius's Rules, as well as the relevance of his thought for spiritual life today. When we learn to read Ignatius correctly, we discover in his remarkable words our own struggles, joys, and triumphs. This audiobook is for all who desire greater awareness of God's action in their daily spiritual lives and is essential reading for retreat directors, spiritual directors, priests, and counselors.
Download and read online Spiritual Consolation in PDF and EPUB What does God want for our lives? How can we assess when feelings, even pleasant ones, are signs that God is calling us in a particular direction? In Spiritual Consolation, Timothy Gallagher, a retreat leader and popular author of The Examen Prayer and The Discernment of Spirits, introduces us to the teachings of Ignatius of Loyola on this crucial question. Through the use of real-life examples and the Ignatian principles from the Second Rule, Fr. Gallagher shows how all of us, especially those with busy religious lives, can learn to hear and follow God's leading. This book is both the completion of Dr. Gallagher's esteemed Ignatian trilogy and a provocative work in its own right.
Download and read online Stretched for Greater Glory in PDF and EPUB First published in 1548, The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius was intended as a guide for others on their own spiritual journeys. Today, almost five hundered years later, people continue to seek the heart-to-heart encounter with God through the experience of the Exercises. While many scholarly books and commentaries have explored the Spiritual Exercises, respected spiritual director George Aschenbrenner introduces the reader to the dynamics that are at the heart of the Exercises in Stretched for Greater Glory. With great passion and enthusiasm, Aschenbrenner describes what happens when one engages in the Exercises. His straightforward commentary and vast knowledge make this book appropriate for both the novice spiritual seeker and the experienced spiritual director. Throughout the book Aschenbrenner shows how the Exercises stretch the desires of the heart and focus one's love on God and in grateful service of others.
Download and read online Prayer in the Catholic Tradition in PDF and EPUB "Prayer in the Catholic Tradition" breaks new ground, offering 40 voices on 40 topics in prayer for a wide-ranging look at the learning, the practice and the teaching of approaches to spiritual connection. Seminaries, spiritual direction/formation programs, permanent deacons and those in lay pastoral ministry will find a valuable resource in this compendium of ways to be open and find God.
Download and read online The Discerning Parent in PDF and EPUB Blending personal experience and practical advice with wisdom they ve learned from Ignatian spirituality, Tim and Sue Muldoon, authors of Six Sacred Rules for Families, offer guidance for Catholic parents raising teens and tweens. You ll gain confidence to help your teen make better decisions, deepen the roots for your parenting, and relate to your teen in a way that reflects the tenacious love of God. The Muldoons draw from their professional experience working with teens and their parents in high schools and colleges Sue as a counselor and religious educator, Tim as a theologian and professor to explain how the Ignatian practice of discernment is an excellent tool for the healthy parenting of teens and pre-teens. They share their hard-won wisdom as parents of three to offer you encouragement and practical guidance to: Let your teens know you love them Appreciate their gifts while accepting their limits Put them in touch with those less fortunate Guide them in choosing friends who will care about what s best for them Appreciate the value of their faith and going to Mass Respect their bodies and make good choices about sex, alcohol, and drugs Think about what really makes them happy Tim and Sue describe discernment as slowing down, listening, being receptive, praying, examining our lives, and sifting the conflicting forces at play around us. In this wise and personal book, they share how Ignatian spirituality and discernment can help us keep a clear-eyed, prayerful perspective on the difficult decisions you and your teens face. The key is to open yourself to God s presence and discover what he calls you to do. This thoughtful approach shows you how to talk with your children openly about freedom vs. limits, friendships, family time, sexuality, the use and abuse of technology, faith and Catholic practice, recognizing the needs of others, and getting through hard times together. You ll discover when to be tough and when to be forgiving, when to control and when to give freedom, when to give feedback and when to wait. You will learn the importance of praying for your teens, and the important of praying together as a family. Daily and weekly prayers, devotions, and meditations will guide you as the Muldoons show how this is a time of discernment for you as well as your teens and create a way for you to move through these challenging years together. The Discerning Parent offers you an opportunity to pause and consider your life and your teen s in the light of faith."
Download and read online Accompanying Discerning Integrating in PDF and EPUB The Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia has given rise to different interpretations. Any in-depth study of its theological conclusions will undoubtedly require time and patience. What cannot wait, however, is attending to the practical questions it has raised. After all, no one can abstain from acting: priests hearing confessions, bishops who need to give guidelines on pastoral activity to their priests, and families working in the field of pastoral care. Accompanying, Discerning, Integrating: A Handbook for the Pastoral Care of the Family According to Amoris Laetitia is intended to offer sure practical guidelines on this important matter of the Church's pastoral activity.
Download and read online Be Healed in PDF and EPUB In the tradition of such beloved spiritual teachers as Francis MacNutt and Michael Scanlan, Be Healed: A Guide to Encountering the Powerful Love of Jesus in Your Life offers in book form Bob Schuchts’s popular program for spiritual, emotional, and physical healing through the power of the Holy Spirit and the sacraments. This renowned program for spiritual restoration is steeped in scripture and the wisdom of the Catholic Church. Deeply intimate and vulnerable about his own journey of healing, Catholic therapist Bob Schuchts connects with his readers by sharing the series of betrayals he endured in high school—his father’s infidelity, his parents’ divorce, and his older brother’s drug addiction—and his subsequent seasons of struggle with God and faith. Be Healed is based on the program first used in dioceses across the United States to form the hearts and minds of Catholic clergy. Schuchts’s trusted process for finding inner peace and healing is now expanded to serve the entire body of Christ, helping people recognize their brokenness and find hope in the risen Christ.
Download and read online The Gift of Spiritual Direction in PDF and EPUB It is a truism that we live in a time of renewed spiritual self-search and reflection -- the response, some suggest, to a feeling of meaninglessness or superficiality in one's spiritual life. Many people search for someone who will listen, guide, and encourage them -- but entrusting one's very soulcare to another calls for a gifted guide. Written for all those who in any way are involved in spiritual direction and pastoral care, or wish to prepare for the same, Stinissen's book discusses the qualities essential for such counselors/advisers and is meant to renew and strengthen the Church's role as a primary source for meaningful spiritual "therapy." Among the themes explored are listening; dialogue; false and real feelings of guilt; difficulties in prayer; discerning God's will. "Every person longs to be able to expose himself to another human being in his full reality, " writes Stinissen, "with his light and his darkness, and to be accepted and loved just as he is." To that end he emphasizes the important role and responsibility of a spiritual director or "soul friend." In addition to reflecting on specific qualities or qualifications of the director, Stinissen discusses some of the specific questions a director is likely to be asked by the directae and helpful ways of responding in various situations.
Download and read online God Moments in PDF and EPUB In God Moments, Catholic blogger Andy Otto shows you how to discover the unexpected beauty of God's presence in the story of ordinary things and in everyday routines like preparing breakfast or taking a walk in the woods. Drawing on the Ignatian principles of awareness, prayer, and discernment, Otto will help you discover the transforming power of God's presence in your life and better understand your place in the world.
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Download and read online The First Spiritual Exercises in PDF and EPUB For almost five hundred years, the Spiritual Exercises have been available only to priests and religious who could spend thirty days in silence under the guidance of a spiritual director. Now they are available as four retreats on inner peace to people in every stage of spiritual growth. Years of research and testing take form in Michael Hansen, S.J.s recreation of the way that St. Ignatius actually first gave the Exercises as he travelled with four companions, begging in bare feet and dressed in sackcloth. Each retreat guides the reader in an hour of daily prayer through four weeks, Monday to Thursday, and includes Sunday Eucharist and a weekend exercisetwenty-two days in all. The retreats offer four paths to inner peace: in divine love, in the service of God, in darkness and light, and in friendship with Jesus. Additionally, the book contains ten guides and helps for prayer, including four forms of a guided awareness prayer called the Examen, as well as guides to journaling, spiritual direction, and discernment.
Download and read online Begin Again in PDF and EPUB "Fr. Gallagher has written of the Founder of his religious order with a personal sense of the particular charism of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary and with a historian's sense of the context of its birth and development. Quite ordinary events in Lanteri's life are unified by his strong sense of spiritual purpose often obstructed by a body weakened with constant ill health; these same events are played out in the tension between Church and State in France and Piedmont in an age of revolution; they are reflected in the lives of his co-workers and companions in the various societies and communities he formed part of. A man who sought always to remain in the background is brought forward in this book so that all can begin again to discover his virtues and appreciate his influence today"--