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
    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.

  • 5
    A Must Have!!

    Posted by Unknown on Aug 1st 2019

    Excellent tool to have for your study. The writings are clear, easy to understand. The 19th Annotation experience was so life changing and this book is just invaluable. Highly recommend.

  • 4

    Posted by David L Miller on Jul 25th 2018

    This is a practical and eminently usable adaptation for guiding individuals and small groups through an 18th or 19th annotation experience. The writing is clear, evocative, an easy to use adaptation that is true to Ignatius, while offering modern, biblical and theological well-grounded treatments of the Exercises accessible to contemporary retreatants. I have used this resource for nearly 20 years, starting when my spiritual director guided me through the 19th annotation. Now, I find it an invaluable resource when guiding others through the 18th and 19th annotations. The questions and directions deepen the prayer and experience of retreatants while facilitating direction. I wouldn't be without it. This is the second copy I have purchased because the first was becoming worn ... and because I want it close at hand in both my offices for reference.

  • 5
    very important to Have one

    Posted by Unknown on Nov 21st 2017

    An excellent book for those directing a retreat in daily life

  • 5
    A must have for directors of the Spiritual Exercises

    Posted by Peg on Nov 2nd 2016

    Excellent and helpful guide for those directing the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises. The core content of the S.E is enriched by the additional questions, articles and directions. This is my replacement copy as the first one has too many ragged edges, coffee spills and life.....

  • 5
    Essential learning tool

    Posted by mary helen markowitz on Sep 13th 2016

    I'm just learning to give the exercises, and this book is an invaluable educational tool. I hope to use it for many years to come!

  • 5
    I use it regularly

    Posted by Katherine Hanley, CSJ on Aug 15th 2016

    I have used this wonderful resource for many years and in fact gave away my copy--too soon, I discovered. So this is a replacement copy. Thank you for making it available at such a reasonable cost.+