Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Spiritual Exercise # 2

The person [director] who gives to another [directee] the method and procedure for meditating or contemplating should accurately narrate the [gospel] narrative contained in the contemplation or meditation, going over the points with only a brief summary explanation. For in this way the person [directee] who is contemplating, by taking this gospel narrative as the authentic foundation, and by reflecting on it and reasoning about it for oneself, can thus discover something that will bring better understanding or a more personalized concept of it - either through one's own reasoning or insofar as the unerstanding is enlightened by God's grace. This brings more spiritual relish and spiritual fruit than if the one giving the Exercises had lengthily explained and amplified the meaning of the gospel. For what fills and satisfies the soul consists, not in knowing [so many things], but in our understanding the realities profoundly and in [simply] savoring them interiorly.

From the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola


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