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The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola

Ignatius learned from his own experience that God not only wants a personal relationship with each person, but also acts in this world to bring about such a personal relationship. The Spiritual Exercises are ways of helping us to become more aware of the reality of our existence as the recipients of God’s communication.

As persons of faith, we become more alert for God. The Exercises sharpen our ability to discern and feel the finger of God. All of this builds upon our desire to become more and more aware of God in relationship with us.

SMC offers three ways to do the Exercises:

  1. The Spiritual Exercises in “30-day-retreat
    The cost is $100 a night, $3000 for 30 Days. This includes room, food and direction.

  2. The Exercises in Daily Life is an 8-month-program set up with mutual agreement between the Director and Directee. An optimal time is from Labor day to the beginning of May. This follows the liturgical year. The cost is $800 or $100 a month for the Retreat in Daily Life.

  3. The First Spiritual Exercises is made as one of four retreats. The retreatant can select one at a time or make all four retreats. The cost is $250 a month. Each retreat guides in daily prayer through four weeks:

  • Inner Peace in Divine Love
  • Inner Peace in Darkness and Light
  • Inner Peace in Friendship with Jesus
  • Inner Peace in the Service of God

These retreats are rigorous and demand perseverance as well as some initial spiritual direction experiences. All applications need a personal interview as well as some papers to fill out.

Please call SMC for more information and for the calendaring needs.