The Discernment of Spirits
The Discernment of Spirits

The Discernment of Spirits

An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living


232 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Paperback, ebook: EPUB, Mobipocket

Paperback, $26.95 (US $26.95) (CA $29.95)

Publication Date: September 2005

ISBN 9780824522919


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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.

Author Biography

Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV, a Catholic priest, retreat leader, Ignatian scholar, and international lecturer, holds a doctorate from the Gregorian University in Rome, and is the author of several bestselling books, including The Examen Prayer and Discerning the Will of God. Fr. Gallagher lives in Boston, Massachusetts.