TIP of the day - from the blogs: Ignatian and Wesleyan spirituality

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Aug 23 2015 10:17 PM

Christian Practice from the blog Interpreting Scripture

Ignatian Spirituality

Spiritual Exercises:

The Spiritual Exercises are a wonderful process for spiritual formation developed by Jesuit priest, Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556). It was originally designed for a 30 day intensive retreat away from the distractions of the world. But, Ignatius realized not everyone could do that. Now it is frequently done over several months referred to as the 19th Annotation or “retreat in daily life.” The Spiritual Exercises are Christocentric and shaped around four “weeks” focused on understanding God’s love for us, the life of Jesus, and his call on our life. The Spiritual Exercises are meant to be completed with the accompaniment of a spiritual director. If you are looking for a spiritual director, check out the directory at Spiritual Directors International or look up a local Jesuit priest or a Sister in an Ignatian order (Be sure to find a director who has been properly trained to walk someone through the Spiritual Exercises.) For more information see the following resources:

Other Ignatian Discernment and Prayer Resources:

Wesleyan Spirituality

Wesleyan spirituality is a great complement to Ignatian spirituality. Both are concerned with inner transformation that leads to tangible action. The Christian faith is not merely personal piety or a “ticket to heaven.” It is about being renewed to the image of Christ and so living here and now in a way that makes a difference in the world. This personal transformation requires intentional cultivation and reliance on the Spirit. Like Ignatian spirituality, Wesleyan spirituality encourages spiritual disciplines within the context of intimate community.

Wesley’s Three Rules (see also this more in-depth theological explanation)

Summary of Wesleyan Spirituality (easy to understand explanation by Kevin Watson, professor of Wesleyan studies at Emory University. See also Kevin’s blog Vital Piety)

Wesleyan Discernment

The Wesley Center Online (historical and scholarly resources on Wesleyan theology)

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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Kathleen Haley | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 7 2015 8:57 PM

I have thought these two should be studied together. I was raised Roman Catholic and became a Methodist when I was called into ministry. But now the Methodist church has gone so far from Wesley's original intent. Because of this I am returning to the Catholic church but I do not want to lose Wesley's theology of grace and transformation. You have given me hope.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 7 2015 10:44 PM

Welcome to the forums and welcome home. I'm glad this post was of use.

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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Sue McIntyre | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Nov 8 2015 12:29 AM

Very much appreciated indeed. Thank you MJ. 

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