Spiritual Exercises: Contents, Context, and Practice

This three-credit, graduate-level online course explores the dynamic of the Spiritual Exercises – the pathway to God that Ignatius Loyola authored, the fruit of his religious conversion – and seeks to answer the question: How might greater knowledge of the Spiritual Exercises assist both in the formation of souls and a greater sense of mission for the building of God's kingdom?

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Course Summary

This course explores the dynamic of the Spiritual Exercises, the pathway to God that Ignatius Loyola authored, the fruit of his religious conversion, and seeks to answer the question: How might greater knowledge of the Spiritual Exercises assist both in the formation of souls and a greater sense of mission for the building of God's kingdom? The course examines the key elements of the Spiritual Exercises and how they relate directly and practically to the ministry of spiritual direction. Readings include the careful study of the primary text along with secondary readings that will enable students to more fully understand the important scholarly developments of Jesuits engaged in the Exercises. Through this course, students will gain foundational knowledge and practical experience to encourage further study of and engagement with the charism of the Spiritual Exercises.

 

Enrollment

This course will be offered likely in the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021.

Enrollment is accepted on a rolling basis, with initial enrollment limited to 25 students.

This course is offered through the Certificate in Jesuit Studies program. Individuals not pursuing a Certificate may also enroll in any aspect of the program (for example, taking a single online course or participating in the immersion travel).

Please contact the Institute with any questions (iajs@bc.edu ; 617-552-2568).