Spiritual Exercises

October 6, 2020

Think you know Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises? Think again

It took a time of convalescing from a chronic illness, not unlike the experience of St Ignatius of Loyola, for Jesuit priest, author and retreat giver,  Fr. Michael Hansen, S.J., to rediscover the  First Spiritual Exercises.  These Exercises […]
October 5, 2020

How and where did First Spiritual Exercises begin?

The advent of the First Spiritual Exercises reaches back in time to 1540 when Ignatius is quoted as saying, “As a rule I would give the Exercises of the First Week”     Murray Adams, spiritual director and […]
October 5, 2020

Sowing good seeds

An intimate experience of God filled Ignatius with passionate desire to share a simple prayer method to encounter God!   His desire became the seeds of the First Spiritual Exercises and through spiritual conversations and prayer, these seeds were scattered far and wide by the early Companions. […]
October 4, 2020

The ripple effect of the First Spiritual Exercises

“I see the thread of friendship in the rippling out of this ministry internationally, friends tell friends; easy very grounded human conversations!” Frances Tilly, spiritual director, giver of the Spiritual Exercises and coordinator of Mission […]
October 4, 2020

Taking the First Spiritual Exercises to prison

“It was the multiplier effect, that was the most beautiful experience, I was in awe.”  Margaret Wiseman, spiritual director and giver of the Spiritual Exercises, is a prison chaplain and has been with Silverwater Women’s Prison for […]
September 30, 2020

Giving a First Spiritual Exercise to school students

A First Spiritual Exercise shared at the year 11 retreat of Xavier Catholic College Ballina, at Tambourine Mountain in 2019, led the Faber Centre and The Cardoner Project.  Watch as Australian Jesuit communities come together to explore the themes […]
September 29, 2020

Take Courage – A Field Hospital Spiritual Exercise

Join Frances Tilly as she guides you through a Field Hospital Spiritual Exercise.  This exercise will invite you to Take Courage. (10 mins) Jesuit and Ignatian Spirituality Australia · FSE Field Hospital Exercise – Take Courage
September 29, 2020

First Spiritual Exercises via Zoom

In June 2020 , Covid-19 necessitated the Christian Life Community’s scheduled First Spiritual Exercise retreat be moved online and held via Zoom.  The unexpected move to the online world did not at all hinder the experience and proved positive […]