"The Spiritual Exercises" (Latin original: Exercitia spiritualia) (composed in 1522-1524) are a set of Christian meditations, prayers and mental exercises, written by Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Spanish priest, theologian, and founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Divided into four thematic "weeks" of variable length, it is designed to be carried out over a period of 28 to 30 days.
Deeply rooted in Christian tradition, The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius are poignant meditations on spirituality, often used in retreats to facilitate spiritual growth. Since its inception in 1524, countless Christians have been invigorated and challenged by these exercises, as their heads, and minds, have been opened to God's will.
This great work by St. Ignatius Loyola begins abruptly in 1521 at the turning point in the saint's life - his injury in the battle of Pamplona when the French occupied that town and attacked its citadel. It then spans the next seventeen years up to the arrival of Ignatius and his early companions in Rome. These years are the central years of Ignatius's life. They are the years that open with his religious conversion and that witness his spiritual growth.
This account of the life of St. Ignatius, dictated by himself to Father Gonzalez, is a most valuable record of the great Founder of the Society of Jesus. It, more than any other work, gives an insight into the spiritual life of St. Ignatius. Few works in ascetical literature, except the writings of St. Teresa and St. Augustine, impart such a knowledge of the soul.The saint in his narrative always refers to himself in the third person, and this mode of speech has here been retained.
Twelve Powerful Prayers offers an audio recording of prayers from the Bible, great saints, sacred texts and prophets who used these prayers for hundreds of years to invoke and strengthen their faith and relationships with God. Prayers include 'The Thought of You', 'Breathing Deeply in Faith', 'Prayer of Creation', 'Jesus's Prayer', 'Make Us Worthy', 'David's Prayer', 'Deep Compassion', 'A Prayer of St Thomas More', 'The Little and the Great Things', 'A Prayer of William Penn', 'To Give and Not to Count the Cost', 'Day by Day' and 'I Offer It to You'.
Prayer for Trust in Jesus includes a reading of the eponymous prayer followed by beautiful piano music based on original compositions of Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano music includes: "The Seasons", "Les Saisons Op. 37a", "March: Song of the Lark". Prayer read in English, unabridged by Josh Verbae. Music recording by Anton Kingsbury.
Ich leite die letzte Ausbildungsphase der Jesuiten. Nach einigen Jahren im Beruf als Priester oder Bruder werden die Mitbrüder noch einmal für etwa sieben Monate zu einer Intensivzeit zusammengeholt.
To Give and Not to Count the Cost includes a reading of the eponymous prayer followed by beautiful piano music based on an original composition of Frederic Chopin. The piano composition includes Nocturne in F-sharp Minor, Op. 48 No. 2 - Andantino. This is one of Chopin's longer nocturnes, containing soothing, simple chord progressions. A seemingly endless melody is played with restless triplets on the left hand.