Full Spiritual Exercises – in Silence at JISA Campion

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Full Spiritual Exercises – in Silence at JISA Campion

Sunday 16 June 2024 - Thursday 18 July 2024

The Spiritual Exercises is the very best thing that in this life, I can think, perceive, or understand for helping a person benefit her or himself as well as bringing fruit, benefit, and advantage to many others; for even if you felt no need for the former, you will see immeasurably and incomparably you will be helped with regard to the latter. St Ignatius Loyola 1491 – 1556. Letter to Rev. M. Miona, 16 November 1536.

Discover God’s unique love for us – Becoming free – To love and serve in all things

Immerse yourself in the Full Spiritual Exercises at JISA Campion. In this silent retreat, you will meet once every day with your Spiritual Director and engage in the methods and models of prayer provided by St Ignatius in his text, The Spiritual Exercises.

Making the Spiritual Exercises can be a truly wonderful and life-changing experience. We hope that all retreatants can experience this at some point in their lives.

We offer the Spiritual Exercises to religious and lay people from all walks of life, who are already familiar with Ignatian spirituality and Ignatian spiritual direction.

It is highly advisable that you have had ongoing spiritual direction with someone who can help you prepare for the Exercises and to live them out after the retreat. It is also helpful to have made a shorter silent directed retreat of about 6-8 days, so you are familiar with the dynamics of silence and prayer involved in the Spiritual Exercises.

Where: JISA Campion, 99 Studley Park Road (Enter via Hodgsen St) Kew, VIC
When: Sunday 16 June 4pm – Thursday 18 July 10am 2024

Applications close 24 May

Apply here: You can request an application. This invites you to reflect and discern. Completed forms plus two references are reviewed at JISA and then a decision is made whether it is fruitful to embark on the Spiritual Exercises at this time. For an application, please contact Sandra on 1300 EXAMEN (1300-392-636) or info@jisa.org.au.

About the Spiritual Exercises

The Spiritual Exercises are divided into four phases or ‘Weeks’ (not actually 7 days) each of which builds on the last.

The first week of the Exercises is a time of reflection on our lives in light of God’s boundless love for us. We see that our response to God’s love has been hindered by patterns of sin. We face these sins knowing that God wants to free us of everything that gets in the way of our loving response to him.

The meditations and prayers of the second week teach us how to follow Christ as his disciples. We reflect on Scripture passages: Christ’s birth and baptism, his sermon on the mount, his ministry of healing and teaching, his raising Lazarus from the dead. We are brought to decisions to change our lives to do Christ’s work in the world and to love him more intimately.

In the third and fourth weeks we meditate on Christ’s Last Supper, passion, and death. We see his suffering and the gift of the Eucharist as the ultimate expression of God’s love. We meditate on Jesus’ resurrection and his apparitions to his disciples. We walk with the risen Christ and set out to love and serve him in concrete ways in our lives in the world.

The two primary forms of praying taught in the Exercises are meditation and contemplation. In meditation, we use our minds. We ponder the basic principles that guide our life. We pray over words, images, and ideas. Contemplation is more about feeling than thinking. Contemplation often stirs the emotions and enkindles deep desires. In contemplation, we rely on our imaginations to place ourselves in a setting from the Gospels or in a scene proposed by Ignatius.

Flowing through the Exercises is the practice of the discernment of spirits. This means that the Exercitant notices the interior movements of his or her heart, and discerns where these are leading him or her. A regular practice of discernment helps them make good decisions.

All the characteristic themes of Ignatian Spirituality are grounded in the Exercises. These include a sense of collaboration with God’s action in the world, spiritual discernment in decision making, generosity of response to God’s invitation, fraternity and companionship in service, and a disposition to find God in all things. Spiritual integration is a prominent theme of the Exercises: integration of contemplation and action, prayer and service, and emotions and reason.


Sunday 16 June 2024
Thursday 18 July 2024
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JISA Campion – VIC
99 Studley Park Road (Enter via Hodgsen St)
Kew, VIC 3101 Australia
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