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Tuesday Night Book Group: THE PILGRIM’S STORY: The Life and Spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola
May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Join the Tuesday Night Book Group as we read and discuss THE PILGRIM’S STORY: The Life and Spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola by Brendan Comerford, SJ. We invite you on the journey of learning about this Spanish Catholic priest and theologian who (with Peter Faber and Francis Xavier) founded the religious order of the Society of Jesus (aka the Jesuits).
Whether you are a novice or an expert in Ignatian spirituality, THE PILGRIM’S STORY satisfies with a fresh perspective and deep insight into the life of Saint Ignatius Loyola and his monumental works.
THE PILGRIM’S STORY goes beyond a simple biography to explain how the life of Saint Ignatius affected his Spiritual Exercises and describe how Ignatian spirituality can help each of us understand our own spiritual longings and experiences:
* Part One provides an accurate, high-energy portrait of the saint—covering critical moments in Ignatius’s life while bringing in sources both complimentary and critical.
* Part Two deals specifically with Ignatius’s spirituality, stressing the importance of having a personal experience of God, a call for the reader as it was for the saint. The result is a realistic, balanced view of Ignatius as well as a concise introduction to Ignatian spirituality, the Spiritual Exercises, and the Examen—his most important gifts to the world.
Author Brendan Comerford, SJ, has worked as a teacher, Jesuit novice master, and lecturer on the history of Christian Spirituality. He is an experienced spiritual director and gives retreats regularly at the Jesuit Centre for Spirituality at Manresa in Dublin, Ireland, and at other retreat centers.
Taking a lead role in our discussion of this book will be The Tuesday Night Book Group’s own Bob Giugliano, Ph.D., who has been a licensed psychologist, spiritual director, and adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University with extensive experience in Ignatian Spirituality including leading the Spiritual Exercises.
We will also be asking for active participation from Book Group members, including volunteering to help lead one or more discussions of the chapters. To get on the emailing list to receive the Zoom link for this group, please email [email protected].
Our tentative schedule:
Tuesday, May 17th: Chapters 1-4 (pp. 3-30; with a focus on Chapters 2-3, as his conversion during his recovery at Loyola and mystical experiences at Manresa are foundational to the development of Ignatian Spirituality and the Exercises)
Tuesday, May 24th: Chapters 5-9 (pp. 31-58)
Tuesday, May 31st: Chapters 10-14 (pp. 59-106)
Tuesday, June 21st: Chapter 15-16: The Spiritual Exercises and The First Week
Tuesday, June 28th: Chapter 17: The Second Week
Tuesday, July 5th: Chapter 18: The Third Week
Tuesday, July 12th: Chapter 19: The Fourth Week
Tuesday, July 19th: Chapter 20: Contemplation to Attain Love
Tuesday, July 26th: Chapters 21: The Discernment of Spirits
Tuesday, August 2nd: Chapter 22: Group Discernment
Tuesday, August 9th: Chapter 23: The Examen of Consciousness