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Ignatian Discernment

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Fr. Pepe Ruiz, SJ

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Transcript of Ignatian Discernment


Life = Decisions
by: Juan C. Rivera, S.J.
by: Juan C. Rivera, S.J.
Ignatius at Loyola
Spiritual Exercises
1. Tell God how
you feel and ask for help.

2. Seek out companionship.

3. Don't go back on decisions you made in consolation.
5. Recall a time of consolation, and go back to it with your imagination.
6. Look for someone who needs your help, and turn your attention toward them.
Rules for Disce
What to
do in
1. Tell God how
you feel and thank him.

2. Store this moment in your memory to return to when things get tough.

4. Use the energy you feel to further your deepest desires.
5. Let the surplus energy fuel the things you don't like doing, and do them.
6. Humble yourself. Consolation is a gift from God.
to do in
Thank You!
Making a Decision
Pro's and Con's Super-Grid
Final Thoughts
All throughout this process:
Notice Consolations and Desolations.
Talk to Jesus as if with a friend, and imagine Jesus Responding
Remember that you're not alone. Talk to the people you trust about these exercises.
Begin with the End in Mind
Principle and Foundation


Recognize/Cherish/Enjoy God in his creation"

for God, and God's creation in awe.
God and others as response to God's Love"

Three Approaches in Order
1. When you "Know"
(Rare, but worth mentioning)
2. Attuning the Heart
3. Attuning the Mind
Attuning the Heart
Begin here
What exactly do I LOVE about X???
Spend a while answering, and enjoying the answer. Why do I love X or Y?
Why is X or Y "Lovable"?
Is either love more coming from God (who happens to be Love himself)?
Do that thing!
Talk to a Stranger
Imagine someone you've never met.
Imagine that you have his best interest in mind.
What would you suggest to best respond to God's Love
(What would Give God Greater Glory? Given God's love for him, for those around him, and for the world)
What would be better for his flourishing as an individual?
Do that thing!
On your Death-bead
Need we say more?
This could be in the form of "That was a good life"
or "I wish I had..."
Do that!
Now You're Dead, Sorry.
Imagine you're on the last day reviewing your life with a Loving God. What do you wish you had done?
Attuning the Heart
4 sets of 15-30 minutes
To do only when you're calm
Attuning the Mind
(Getting Analytical Clarity)
Option 1
Option 2
(Stop, and actually do this)
Some Final Thoughts
If you'd like some more assistance google: "Jesuit Retreat House Near Me," and schedule a retreat. It's like having a
private trainer.
Ok, let's give it a try!
Important Assumptions
This is to choose between two goods
Once you made a decision, trust yourself.
Revisiting is not advisable unless something serious is telling you to do so.

SPECIALLY in Marriage and Profession!!!
by: Pepe Ruiz, S.J.
Ignatian Discernment
By: Juan C. Rivera, SJ
& Pepe Ruiz, SJ
Dictionary Definition:
To alleviate or lessen the grief, sorrow, or disappointment of; give solace or comfort:
Dictionary Definition:
Having the feeling of being abandoned by friends or by hope; forlorn.
-Dreary; dismal; gloomy

Autobiography, St Ignatius in Loyola
Ignatius was also going through decision making…
While perusing the life of Our Lord and the saints, he began to reflect,
saying to himself: "What if I should do what St. Francis did?" "What if I should act like St. Dominic?" He pondered over these things in his mind, and kept continually proposing to himself serious and difficult things. He seemed to feel a certain readiness for doing them, with no other reason except this thought: "St. Dominic did this; I, too, will do it." "St. Francis did this; therefore I will do it." These heroic resolutions remained for a time, and then other vain and worldly thoughts followed. This succession of thoughts occupied him for a long while, those about God alternating with those about the world. But in these thoughts there was this difference. When he thought of worldly things it gave him great pleasure, but afterward he found himself dry and sad. But when he thought of journeying to Jerusalem, and of living only on herbs, and practising austerities, he found pleasure not only while thinking of them, but also when he had ceased.
This difference he did not notice or value, until one day the eyes of his soul were opened and he began to inquire the reason of the difference. He learned by experience that one train of thought left him sad, the other joyful.

A more mature definition:
I call it consolation when some interior movement in the soul is caused, through which the soul comes to be inflamed with love of its Creator and Lord; and when it can in consequence love no created thing on the face of the earth in itself, but in the Creator of them all.
Likewise, when it sheds tears that move to love of its Lord, whether out of sorrow for one’s sins, or for the Passion of Christ our Lord, or because of other things directly connected with His service and praise.

Finally, I call consolation every increase of hope, faith and charity, and all interior joy which calls and attracts to heavenly things and to the salvation of one’s soul, quieting it and giving it peace in its Creator and Lord.

In Other Words...
• Interior Movement of grace that leads us to God

• It always Directs us to greater
Faith, Hope and Love
• Focuses us outside and beyond ourselves
• Lifts our hearts so that we can see the joys and
sorrows of other people
• Bonds us more closely to our human community
• Generates new inspiration and ideas
• Restores balance and refreshes our inner vision
• Shows us where God is active in our lives and where
he is leading us

• It's a Movement where we can't feel God's Grace
• Movement
against Love, Faith, or Hope

• It turns us in on ourselves
• Drives us down the spiral ever deeper into our own negative feelings
• Cuts us off from community
• Makes us want to give up on things that used to be important to us
• Takes over our whole consciousness and crowds out our distant vision
• Drains us of energy
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