Ignatius of Loyola composed the Spiritual Exercises as a pathway to God. He guided others through the Exercises in order to help ordinary women and men grow truly free in seeking and finding what God wishes for their lives. He believed that God wanted every person to live lives of holiness, growing steadily in grace, and spreading divine love.
The fire in lay spirituality has spread remarkably since the Second Vatican Council. The beginning of these movements have left mature disciples wanting to deepen their interior lives in prayer and discernment, and to hand on these experiences to others. Many dedicated believers seek out training in spiritual direction with the hopes of formally handing on this fire of the Holy Spirit. However, this training sometimes has the feel of handing on a technical skill rather than sharing a deeper spiritual formation.
Handing on the Fire: Making Spiritual Direction Ignatian contributes to this deepening spiritual formation—both for those who are already offering Ignatian spiritual direction, and for those aspiring to give it. In this book, Tetlow lays out the theology in action that must inform Ignatian spiritual direction: the principles, norms, and practices that characterize the robust experience of Ignatian spirituality in everyday life.