Choosing Christ in the World: A Handbook for Directing the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola According to Annotations Eighteen and Nineteen

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Joseph A. Tetlow, S.J.
Ring–bound / Loose leaf paper
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295 pp.
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St. Ignatius recognized that while many people could benefit from the Spiritual Exercises, some might not be suitable candidates for the entire 30–day retreat. In the “Introductory Explanations” (or Annotations) to the Exercises, Ignatius acknowledges directors who lead those candidates through a “retreat in daily life.” Fr. Tetlow’s manual is an aid for such directors. He offers guidance on preparing for the Exercises, and for each of the retreat’s four weeks. And he provides practical advice for conducting conferences with retreatants, suggestions of scriptural passages particularly suited to prayer, and more. Choosing Christ in the World includes notes based on Fr. Tetlow’s own directorial experience. This new edition of the book also recognizes Ignatius’s observation that in cases in which the material of the Exercises themselves might be beyond the grasp of some individuals, a leader might assign “light works” for prayer and spiritual growth.


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  • 5
    Choosing Christ in the World

    Posted by Carmen on Sep 7th 2023

    An excellent resource for anyone looking to serve others through facilitating retreats or spiritual direction. As a spiritual director, pastor and educator, I appreciate the effort that has gone into preparing this resource.

  • 5
    Choosing Christ in the World

    Posted by Steve Givens on Dec 13th 2021

    An extraordinary, essential tool for passing along the wisdom and power of the Spiritual Exercises to many. We have nearly 40 prayer companions in our organization and seven new ones completing training this year. All are equipped with this gem from Fr. Tetlow, SJ.

  • 5
    Spiritual Direction

    Posted by Carol Naptes on Nov 8th 2021

    I find this to be an excellent source as a spiritual director- in- training. I especially love the director’s notes but I am using all of it to assist me in companioning directees through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

  • 5
    Choosing Christ in the World

    Posted by J. Eckart on Aug 27th 2021

    A valuable resource as I offer the Exercises! So happy it has been reprinted

  • 5
    A well designed guide for giving the Exercises

    Posted by Fr Don Malin on May 29th 2021

    I began using this version of the Exercises in Daily Life in 1996. Using it, I have given the retreat in its original intent to 12 individuals since then. Additionally, I have revisited these guides for meditation personally numerous times as a personal, self directed retreat four times. Finally, I have given shorter format retreats for 22 exercitants. I keep returning to Fr. Tetlow’s version becAuse of its clarity and organized presentation. I would recommend an updating of some of the auxiliary reading pages from the Viet Nam era in order to appeal to younger retreatants who have no lived memory of the 60’s and 70’s.

  • 5
    Excellent resource

    Posted by Julia Sheffield on Dec 28th 2020

    Tetlows approach to directing the 19th Annotation is inspiring, stimulating and timeless. The addition of 'Lightworks' section for the 18th annotation approach is especially welcome. This is an excellent resource and I am grateful to Jesuit Sources for supplying and shipping the volume to UK at such reasonable cost.

  • 5
    A life changing experience with the Living Christ

    Posted by Karen Smith on Jun 8th 2020

    This prayer study so depended the intimacy of my relationship with my Lord that has changed forever how I spend time with Him and how I recieved Him in the quiet of the deepest part of my heart

  • 5
    Appropriate Care of a Retreatant

    Posted by Jim Maloney on Dec 24th 2019

    I have personally used this guide for more than 25 years in companioning retreatants and I have "taught/instructed" others how to companion retreatants using this resource. ( My original copy is actually signed by Fr Joe Tetlow, SJ!) Yet, it is not a "cookbook". Fr Joe in his class cautioned all of us to remember who is the real "Guide" is in this work Fr. Gene Arthur, SJ companioned me using mimeo sheets of this material and "gracefully" guided me through my initial experience of the Exercises. Gene then asked me to "companion" someone after my experience. I reluctantly agreed but once involved, I never looked back Once you have been companioned, if you sense you are called to such work, this resource will be invaluable to you -- reminding you of your experiences and allowing you to support a rich experience for the person you are companioning. Respectfully, It is a "bible" of companioning another in deepening their experience of understanding Jesus and His "hopes" of the individual and how to deepen her or his spiritual life through making and undertaking the experience of the Exercises.

  • 5
    Still a Great Resource

    Posted by Jerry Hayes on Nov 28th 2019

    An excellent text/guide for Spiritual Directors of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.