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The Discernment of Spirits

An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living

by Timothy Gallagher

St. Ignatius Loy­ola, founder of the Jesuits, is one of the most influ­en­tial spir­i­tu­al lead­ers of all time, yet many read­ers find his Rules for Dis­cern­ment hard to under­stand. What can Ignatius teach us about the dis­cern­ment of spir­its that lies at the very heart of Chris­t­ian life? In The Dis­cern­ment of Spir­its, Fr. Tim­o­thy Gal­lagher, a tal­ent­ed teacher, retreat leader, and schol­ar, helps us under­stand the Rules and how their insights are essen­tial for our spir­i­tu­al growth today. By inte­grat­ing the Rules and the expe­ri­ence of con­tem­po­rary peo­ple, Gal­lagher shows the pre­ci­sion, clar­i­ty, and insight of Ignatius’s Rules, as well as the rel­e­vance of his thought for spir­i­tu­al life today. When we learn to read Ignatius cor­rect­ly, we dis­cov­er in his remark­able words our own strug­gles, joys, and tri­umphs. This book is for all who desire greater aware­ness of God’s action in their dai­ly spir­i­tu­al lives, and is essen­tial read­ing for retreat direc­tors, spir­i­tu­al direc­tors, priests, and counselors.


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