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Designed for those who direct The First Spiritual Exercises or train others to direct them, this manual provides a wealth of practical information on the origins and dynamics of these retreats, providing leaders with the tools they need to become effective guides and trainers.
Hansen distinguishes The First Spiritual Exercises from the two other, better-known ways that the Exercises are made: during a thirty-day solitary retreat or at home over a similar time period. The Manual offers a brief history and description of The First Spiritual Exercises, as well as notes and instructions on the day-by-day structure and content of each of the four retreats. Leaders also receive guidance on the place of the sacraments and of Sunday in the retreats, along with a five-step learning process: pray, learn, guide, converse, and practice.
Features & Benefits
- Both an introduction to The First Spiritual Exercises for spiritual directors and a guide for those who train new directors.
- A comprehensive introduction to this innovative way of making the Spiritual Exercises, working from the context of St. Ignatius’s life and practices.
- A complete tool kit for implementing The First Spiritual Exercises in a retreat center, parish, or any pastoral setting.
- Practical guidance on every dimension of making or guiding a retreat: spiritual conversation, the use of the Examen, discernment, the role of the sacraments, and journaling.