The Spiritual Exercises Reclaimed: Uncovering Liberating Possibilities for Women

Paulist Press, 2001 - 366 pages
The Spiritual Exercises often seem irrelevant or even destructive to many women's spirituality. This groundbreaking work reclaims the heart of the Exercises by examining them through the lens of women's experience--both women of the past to understand their presence during the formative years of the Exercises, but primarily women of the present. In doing so the authors have rediscovered the riches of this classic for both genders. The book first reviews the major traditional interpretations of the Exercises and gives a historical view of the women in Ignatius' life and their role in the Exercises. The text itself is examined--how it is entered, its worldview, and its recommended forms of prayer. The four weeks of the Exercises are broken into the problems and possibilities of each; suggestions for each are also given for spiritual and retreat directors. The Exercises are finally examined for those aspects that support moving outward on one's mission. The book ends with a morality play called AnyWoman that gives a dramatic spin to the whole process. The first of its kind, this is deeply meaningful reading for both men and women, particularly those making the Exercises, those giving them, and anyone who has attempted the Exercises but resisted the images, metaphors, or interpretations. Retreat and spiritual directors, other educators, retreatants and directees will also want a copy. +

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Reinterpreting the Spiritual Exercises Problems and Possibilities
Remembering and Imagining Wise Women Then and Now
Coming Together in Love Processes and Relationships
Grounding in Truth Principle and Foundation
Knowing Whose I Am Prayer in the Spiritual Exercises
Surrounded by Love Exercises of the First Week
Mission and Mutuality Exercises of the Fourth Week
Developing a Single Eye Rules for Discernment of Spirits
Dancing toward the Light Election
Black Appearing White Rules for Thinking with the Church
Any Woman An Imaginative Reappropriation of the Spiritual Exercises

Who Do You Say That I Am? Exercises of the Second Week
Discovering the Depth of Commitment Exercises of the Third Week
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Page 190 - He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David ; and he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever ; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Page 224 - Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
Page 190 - The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.
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Page 83 - Man is created to praise, reverence, and serve God our Lord, and by this means to save his soul. The other things on the face of the earth are created for man to help him in attaining the end for which he is created.
Page 343 - My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.
Page 167 - Let a woman learn in silence with full submission. I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she is to keep silence.
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Page 134 - I love a light of a certain kind, a voice, a perfume, a food, an embrace; but they are of a kind that I love in my inner self, when my soul is bathed in light that is not bound by space; when it listens to sound that never dies away; when it breathes fragrance that is not borne away on the wind; when it tastes food that is never consumed by the eating; when it clings to an embrace from...

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