The Spiritual Exercises are a spiritual retreat developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola to help people re-focus their lives on God, and to provide an opportunity for people to hear God speaking in the silence of their hearts.
The Exercises have long been recommended by many saints, including St. Francis de Sales and St. Alphonsus Ligouri, both Doctors of the Church. In 1929 Pope Pius XI dedicated an encyclical to the subject of the Spiritual Exercises called Mens Nostra.
In his Angelus address of December 16, 1979 marking the 50th anniversary of the document, St. John Paul II spoke of the Spiritual Exercises saying that “the Christian is aided by the strong dynamism of the Exercises to enter into the ambit of the thoughts of God, of His plans in order to trust in Him, who is Truth and Love, and thus to make decisions committed to the following of Christ, considering clearly his gifts and his own responsibilities.”
What are the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises? Find out more information on the website of IVE America.
Upcoming Retreats in 2018: January and February
January 2018, on-line registration is open.
Presidents’ Day Weekend 2018, Friday, February 16 – Monday, February 19 (Monday is a Presidents’ Day, a Federal Holiday), on-line registration is available.