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The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola are best suited for prayer during a silent retreat. However, Saint Ignatius knew that they could also be effective when employed in a less isolated environment. It is the hope of the authors of this blog that you, the reader, may find the meditations here useful in your search to encounter Christ Our Lord in prayer in your daily life. The meditations presented here are intended to be prayed in order, from as close to the beginning as possible, perhaps over the course of a dedicated time, such as the season of Lent. And it is our strong suggestion that anyone beginning these exercises does so under the supervision of a trusted spiritual director. May you find Christ in these prayers and you may you have the courage to answer the call to follow Him more closely.

The authors of this blog are:


Mr. Andrij Hlabse, S.J.

Mr. Joe Simmons, S.J.

Mr. Michael Wegenka, S.J.

Mr. Stephen Wolfe, S.J.

Mr. Michael Wood, S.J.


Mr. David Paternostro, S.J.

Father Kevin Dyer, S.J.

Father Christopher Collins, S.J.

and Deacon John Brown, S.J.

The listed post author may or may not be the primary author of the post. This has been a collaborative work .

Disclaimer: While we do have the permission of our religious superirors to run this blog, and have done our best to represent St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises accurately, the authors of this blog do not speak for the Society of Jesus or the Church.  We have been formed in the Church and in the Jesuits, but our opinions are our own.



1. jsb4289 - February 16, 2010

i’m so glad to have found this! thank you : )

2. Lee Ann Barbour - February 16, 2010

Looking forward to following the exercises. Please e-mail me with the updates.
Lee Ann Barbour

3. Paul Mulholland - February 16, 2010

Please email with updates. Just finsihed Heroice Leadership and was so impressed by the book and the how lucky I am am to expereince a Jesuit Education and the true meaning of “Magis”.

Thank you,
Paul Mulholland

4. Arabella - February 16, 2010

Dear Jesuits,

Thank you for this blog – I’ll use it this Lent.


5. Karen Youngers - February 16, 2010

Looking forward to the spiritual exercises for Lent!

6. Graham K. McKenzie - February 16, 2010

Will do this for Lent. Bad luck about the time lag! Thanks for the effort.


7. Graham K. McKenzie - February 16, 2010

oops! This is from Australia also.

8. angie - February 16, 2010

I am also looking forward to a reflective focus for this Lenten Season.
Thank you for providing this thoughtful perspective.

9. annmarie - February 17, 2010

Found this reference on my facebook page this morning after I dawdled breakfast as much as I could … (I always get hungry in the mornings and today, snacks are out!). I already use your colleagues’ Sacred Space and will add this one.

I am a mature student (of Theology) and am looking forward to studying the history of our salvation (I have hit the Biblical Studies modules!) which I hope will enrich my spiritual life, too.

I would really appreciate your prayers as I have been very delayed in getting down to study and need to catch up fast. This was due to my mother’s state of health, which was critical for a time; she is still not well, as she has painful spasms in her neck. These are due to tension and so she is in a vicious circle – tense because they happen and the tension causing them. She needs help beyond herself and us and to relax into the embrace of Our Lord and that can only come through prayer.

10. annmarie - February 17, 2010

I just read the introduction on the other page, and it reminded me of Dei Verbum.

11. GJ Flannery - February 17, 2010

You guys are the best of the best. Definitely using this as a supplement/reminder!!!!

12. J. Manning - February 17, 2010

This may be what I need.
Please email everything.

13. colleen - February 19, 2010

Thank you very much. I was looking for something like this. God bless.

14. Sharon Pelton - February 19, 2010

Thank you for this reflection. I look forward to the next few weeks.

15. Ana Mora - February 19, 2010

Thank you! this comes as a blessing.

16. Fr. Phil Hurley, S.J. - February 19, 2010

Blogging, AMDG… Thanks and greetings from the Jesuits at the Apostleship of Prayer!

frchriscollinssj - February 20, 2010

Thanks, much, Phil. Talk to you soon.

17. Sr. Tracey Dugas, fsp - February 19, 2010

Hi Fr. Chris (and Fr. Phil)! Thanks for this blog. My brother found it and is using it with a lot of hope that he will grow closer to God this Lent. I’m subscribing too and will suggest it to the young ladies who are taking part in our Discernment Mini-Course here in Culver City, CA.
Blessings on you!

frchriscollinssj - February 19, 2010

Great! Good to hear from you. I hope all is well. Blessings on your Lent, Sister.

18. Michael Marriott - February 21, 2010

Thank you for your spiritual guidance during this season of Lent.

19. Malu - February 21, 2010

Excited for you Lenten blog!

20. Leo Chaland - February 22, 2010

Thank you for this. I shall try to use it daily during lent.

21. J. Manning - February 22, 2010

I d0n’t blog! Am I gettin everything? I am 81 Y/O and I am entitled to forget.


J. Manning - February 22, 2010

I don’t see a mesage/

J. Manning - February 22, 2010

I still don’t

John Brown SJ - February 22, 2010

I’m not sure I understand your comment. Can you please explain?

22. TRICIA from Geelong, Australia - February 22, 2010

Thank you for this blog. I shall share it with retreatants iIhave accompanied through the 19th Annotation. This, I am sure, will be a wonderful revisiting of the Spiritual Exercises, during Lent.

23. T.Ogilvie - February 22, 2010

Do you think anyone really and truly chooses hell? I read a book almost 30yrs ago by Karl Rahner, titled “We dare to say Our Father”
It went something like this: two souls are arriving in heaven, they look around and are absolutely appalled to see certain people there
And with that they condemned themselves to hell. I’ll never forget the opening of that book!
It makes me so sad when fallen away catholics will say…. there’s no hope for them. They know where they are going. They just can’t seem to get into that confessional. Even those I went to Catholic school with
feel this way?

24. Leo Chaland - February 23, 2010

Perhaps Henri Nouwen’s book The Prodigal Son would help people you have described understand the overwhelming unsurpassing unconditional love of God for each persom on earth.
Jesus has already saved us. Now we just need to recognise that and respond to his love and grace.

25. T.Ogilvie - February 23, 2010

That was one phenomenal book by Nouwen. He certainly went through some difficult times in his life. There are times when I get a little “down” – I have MS. But then I remember that I am the Beloved one
and God is in love with me as you said “unconditionally”

I have friends who are divorced and have remarried. She doesn’t feel comfortable in any church but the Catholic Church. Then there is the gay issue. I have encouraged them to just stay close to Jesus. Pray, pray and the pray some more.

26. Fr. Dan Havron, OFM - February 26, 2010

Entering daily into the SE Blogs calls me to amazing conversion. What I think is progress and “perfection” in my journey is only impetus for seeking the “emptying” of Christ for another day of grace. Coddling the self has shown me deception, but given hope for change.

Meditation has become a brave and bold frontier to be furiously honest, to test that honesty in compassion towards my brothers and sisters and to trust that the Spirit is making my heart, and all things, new again.

The Humility of God by Ilia Delio adds well to my spiritual reflections.

27. Luke - February 27, 2010

I am looking forward to using this as a spiritual tool throughout lent (maybe further?). St. Ignatius has played a powerful role in my conversion and to have this available is truly a God-send.


PS—Thanks to the American Papist Blog for the “shout out”.

David Paternostro, S.J. - February 27, 2010


even after we’re finished posting material, we plan on leaving the blog up, so you can use this as a spiritual tool for as long as you want and as often as you want.

28. J'ann - February 28, 2010


29. Fr. Kevin H Finnegan - February 28, 2010

Sign me up please

30. PATRICIA FLYNN - March 6, 2010

Frs these exercises have opened my heart and mind to Jesus.One thinks they are on the right road and every thing is just great between me and my Lord and wow these exercises change one’s life. Thank you for leaving this blog on so we can return to it when we start slipping a little. I can’t thank you enough,you dear Jesuits will be in my Prayers

31. Kathleen Anderson - March 28, 2010

It is my hope that these expercises will continue past Lent.
They have been so helpful

32. Peter Slevin - April 6, 2010

Dear Jesuits: I wonder if someone could recommend to me a book written for modern lay persons which would present an orderly, digestible approach for a lay person, for daily prayer according to the spirit of St. Ignatius and his religious brothers and sisters. I see so many ideas and suggestions in these daily presentations in the blog. I sense that there is some sort of orderly materlial that can inspire and lead us in daily prayer. Thanks, Pete

John Brown SJ - April 6, 2010

Timothy Muldoon has written The Ignatian Workout: Daily Spiritual Exercises for a Healthy Faith

You may find it to be what you are looking for.

33. Father Joseph LeBlanc - April 8, 2010

Thank you for the wonderful blog during the Lenten Days.

I am deeply appreciative . ..it has been a great move into the celebration of the liturgy each day within the parish and a great renewal in the every day seeking of the Spirit of God.

34. Dan Garrison - September 30, 2010

Just came across your Blog. Question: Where, in your blog, does one start the St. Ignatius Spiritual exercises? Dan

dcnkevindyer - January 3, 2011

Good question. It’s not easy to figure out where to begin just by looking at the front page. Until we fix that, what you can do is go to the archives under February 2010. Start with the opening post and go from there. God’s blessings to you.

35. Jay Jones - January 12, 2011

Thank you for your inspiring teachings through this medium. The “good” of the Internet can shine through even the darkest day. God bless you and your ministry…



36. Mary Hillman - February 18, 2011

Will you begin the Lenten series again this Lent (2011) If so, when does it begin.

David Paternostro, S.J. - February 28, 2011


yes, we will be doing the Lenten series in 2011. We’ll put up an introductory post on March 8th, and then begin posting reflections the next day (Ash Wednesday).

37. Patrick Fairbanks SJ - March 2, 2011

Thank you

38. Eneida Ramos - March 3, 2011

Thank you for this wonderful blog it has help me very much.

39. Valerie Weigand McCaffrey - March 4, 2011

I look forward to following along during Lent.

40. David Lunt - March 5, 2011

Thank you!

41. Josefina Chirino - March 5, 2011

This is great. I will be promoting it among our students during Lent. God bless you.

42. Antonio Fernández - March 7, 2011

Thanks, and God bless you in this endeavor.

43. Jinhyon Lee, SJ - March 11, 2011

Dear Team, greeting from Seoul! I am Jin-hyon Lee,SJ. I deeply appreciate for your great contribution. I’m asking your permission for translation. Can I translate the blog SpEx (including last season) into Korean? Though I change a little for Korean context (which means that it is not literal). I will mention the original writers. I will wait your permission.

44. Diana G. - March 17, 2011

So happy I found this blog!

45. Ed A. - March 20, 2011

Thank you.

46. Bridget St. Clair - March 24, 2011

Thank you

47. Judith A. Brown - March 28, 2011

Please enter me as a subscriber. I have been looking for this for a long time. I participated in the 36day exercises at Los Gatos about 4 yrs. ago. God bless your work’

48. Susan Schwartz - April 1, 2011

Please enter me as a subscriber.

49. Kim Vangundy - April 1, 2011

glad I found this site as well…

50. Daniel Davidson - April 20, 2011

I love this!! Please enter me as a subscriber.

51. Maisie Lee - April 25, 2011

Thanks for this site! Are you able to add on each daily exercise a day earlier! Here in Singapore we are a day ahead and it would great if I can reflect on the appropriate passage. For example yesterday(Easter Sunday) I could not reflect on the Resurrection passage until today. A joyous & blessed Easter to all of you. God bless, Maisie

52. Linda Popenhagen - October 18, 2011

Is it possible to add a text size adjustment? I am always grateful for sites which have alternative font sizes for the reader who wants them.

Holding a magnifying glass hiners my focus on the text.

Hoping for a technical adjustment by you prior to Lent 2012

Maisie Lee - January 13, 2013


yours ?

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