Like the Lightning provides an understanding of movements of the Spiritual Exercises, such as a shift from a consideration of sin in the world to a reflection on one’s personal sinfulness. This understanding can help the reader gain fresh insight into God’s activity while completing the Exercises; it can also unify the activities of an Ignatian retreat. Author David L. Fleming, S.J., divides the book into three parts, the first of which considers the major elements and themes that make up the movement of the Exercises. The second part focuses on particular exercises and how they shape and direct the experience as a whole. Finally, Fr. Fleming examines the way in which the Ignatian “rules” work to guide the dynamics of the Exercises.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-191).