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St. Ignatius of Loyola

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola

translated by Elder Mullan


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These are the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, a plan of contemplation to be carried out over about a month. St. Ignatius of Loyola (1419-1556) was the founder of the Jesuits, and was canonized by Pope Gregory XV in 1622. He published the Spiritual Exercises in 1548. The Exercises were intended for use during a retreat; and are a central part of the first year training of Jesuit novitiates. However, one does not have to be a Jesuit-in-training to take advantage of the Exercises: Increasingly, lay people and even non-Catholics follow this path.

Title Page
Approbation of the Latin Texts
General Note
Prayer of Father Diertins

First Week

Principle and Foundation
Particular and Daily Examen
General Examen of Conscience
General Confession with Communion
First Exercise: A Meditation on the First, Second, and Third Sin
Second Exercise: Meditation on Sins
Third Exercise: First Repetition
Fourth Exercise: Second Repetition
Fifth Exercise: Meditation on Hell

Second Week

The Call of the Temporal King
First Day: First Contemplation on The Incarnation
Second Contemplation: On the Nativity
Second Day
Third Day
Preamble to Consider States
Fourth Day: Meditation on Two Standards
Three Pairs of Men
Fifth Day
Sixth -- Tenth Day
Eleventh to Twelfth Day
Prelude for Making Election
Matter for Election
Times for Making Election
To Amend and Reform One's Own Life

Third Week

First Contemplation
Second Contemplation

Fourth Week

First Contemplation


Contemplation to Gain Love

Three Methods of Prayer

First Method of Prayer
Second Method of Prayer
Third Method of Prayer

The Mysteries of the Life of Christ Our Lord

The Annunciation of Our Lady
The Visitation of Our Lady to Elizabeth
The Birth of Christ Our Lord
The Shepherds
The Circumcision
The Three Magi Kings
The Purification of Our Lady and Presentation of the Child Jesus
The Flight to Egypt
How Christ Our Lord Returned from Egypt
The Life of Christ Our Lord From Twelve to Thirty Years
The Coming of Christ to the Temple
How Christ Was Baptized
How Christ Was Tempted
The Call of the Apostles
The First Miracle
How Christ Cast Out of the Temple Those who were Selling
The Sermon on the Mount
The Calming of the Sea
How Christ Walked on the Sea
How the Apostles were Sent to Preach
The Conversion of Magdalen
The Feeding of Five Thousand
The Transfiguration of Christ
The Resurrection of Lazarus
The Supper at Bethany
Palm Sunday
The Preaching in the Temple
The Supper
Mysteries Done from the Supper to the Garden
Mysteries Done from the Garden to the House of Annas
Mysteries Done from the House of Annas to the House of Caiphas
Mysteries Done from the House of Caiphas to that of Pilate
Mysteries Done from the House of Pilate to that of Herod
Mysteries Done from the House of Herod to that of Pilate
Mysteries Done from the House of Pilate to the Cross
The Mysteries on the Cross
Mysteries from the Cross to the Sepulchre
The Apparitions of Christ
The Ascension


Rules for Perceiving the Movements Cause in the Soul
Rules for the Discernment of Spirits
Rules for Distributing Alms
Notes on the Scruples and Persuasions of our Enemy
Rules to have the True Seniment in the Church