The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
“I do not understand the mystery of grace - only that it meets us where we are
but does not leave us where it found us.”
The Spiritual Exercises are an exquisitely designed set of meditations, reflections and contemplative practices aimed at the total transformation of the human heart. Born out of the depths of Ignatius' own prayer life, including an eleven-month period living in a cave near the Spanish town of Manresa, the Spiritual Exercises artfully invite the retreatant to see their life as a pilgrimage - with a loving God as their companion and guide along the Way.
The Spiritual Exercises take place within an atmosphere of grace - serving individuals in gaining freedom from disordered attachments, learning to read the compass of their own heart, coming to know themselves as unconditionally accepted as they are, inviting them to collaborate with God in his on-going project of redemption, and discovering themselves within an intensely God-saturated universe.
Trained as a retreat guide at the Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Alan works with retreatants going through 19th Annotation, or what is often called "The Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life." This journey last 8-10 months, where the retreatant meets with Alan once per week for spiritual direction. It requires a commitment of an hour of prayer every day, as well as the openness, courage and generosity to journey and develop a deep friendship with the person of Jesus. The rest, as my teacher Shyamdas used to say, is a matter of grace.
Click here to discuss the possibility of going through the Exercises with Alan.