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The Ignatian Adventure: Experiencing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in Daily Life Paperback – September 1, 2011
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About the Author
KEVIN O'BRIEN, SJ, is a former lawyer who became a Jesuit nearly 15 years ago. He regularly conducts spiritual retreats for the young and old alike. An experienced high school teacher and college professor, he currently serves as the President of Santa Clara University.
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For a long time, I've been experiencing myself in perpetual transition, not clear on the specifics of my vocational mission, and frustrated with a lack of satisfaction and fulfillment in life in general and my spiritual life in particular. I had been researching opportunities to go on an Ignatian retreat, but I couldn't find one in my area, and I didn't have the time or money for a full retreat anyway, but I thought I might try making the exercises in daily life. I bought the book a few years ago, based on the recommendation on the Jesuits.org site, but didn't start using it until a few weeks ago.
By means of this book, God has provided much, much spiritual refreshment for the journey. What a joy to experience the calming of some of the spiritual chaos that had become the norm for most of my adult life. This is precisely what I have been seeking for years, and I rejoice daily at the positive changes the Lord is working in me as a result of my morning "Prayer Adventure" time. I look forward to seeing what else God is going to do in and through me in the coming weeks and in whatever years God grants beyond that.
I've been so blessed by it that, within the last couple of months, I've given four other copies to friends and family members, plus I've purchased three extra copies which I plan to give to other friends and family soon.
the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, this book is a
trustworthy guide. Many suggestions are made by the author
as to how various sections can be most effectively used for
reflection, Scripture passages are recommended, background
in Ignatian Spirituality is provided throughout the book, so nothing
is overwhelming. It is easy to see how very familiar and comfortable
Jesuit Fr. Kevin O'Brien, SJ is with this material in the way he has
laid out this book. Highly recommend for someone who would like
to experience the 30 day Exercises that St. Ignatius introduced 450
years ago and still going strong - but spread the 30 days out over
several months in what is called "The Retreat In Everyday Life" or
"The 19th Annotation Retreat."
What is meant by "Biblical scholarship" and why not talk about Church teaching? What is meant by "long held" - considering "Biblical scholarship" is a relatively new thing.
So- when Luke traces Jesus' genealogy to Adam is that a "theological reflection" or is that historical record?
Commenters will ask why I am focused on this dispute, but that's my whole point. Why does the author include this "caveat" in his book? Jesus says, "you'll know a tree by its fruit." So, what is the fruit of the tree that asks, "Did God *really say*...?"
I came to this book, at a very low point in my life, in an almost miraculous manner. (Thank you, Lord!)
I am not Catholic, so did not know about St. Ignatious of Loyola, and his excellent teachings.
I have come to realize your denomination does not matter when you are seeking God with
all your heart, in your deepest despair. I have been introduced to the God of all; who seeks us all
and cares for us all, with the most profound love of all. Kevin O'Brien, SJ, uses direct quotes from
scripture used by St. Ignatious, and actual words of St. Ignatious, to make this a beautifully easy way
to know our Lord, and your place with Him. You set your own pace, as fits within your lifestyle, your
time available, and becomes indeed, the adventure of your lifetime.