The Dynamism of Desire: Bernard J.F. Lonergan, S.J., on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

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James L. Connor, S.J. and Fellows of the Woodstock Theological Center
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492 pages

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St. Ignatius was not only a mystic but also a master psychologist, contends Bernard J.F. Lonergan, S.J., one of the foremost Catholic philosophers of the 20th century. The Dynamism of Desire applies Lonergan’s insights to the traditional four–week completion of Ignatius’s Spiritual Exercises and includes in–depth discussions of such topics as “The Mediation of Christ in Prayer” and “Three Ways of Being Humble.” Lonergan emphasized Ignatius’s discovery of an “inbuilt dynamism” of the human spirit’s yearning for authenticity and self–transcendence, and he argued for the Spiritual Exercises as a means to a creative acceptance of God’s love. Author James L. Connor, S.J., served as director of the Woodstock Theological Center from 1987 to 2002, and this book arose from discussions among the Center’s staff as well as their “living practice” of the Exercises.


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  • 5

    Posted by Bill Hanson on Oct 8th 2021

    Enlightening, inspiring, helpfully translating difficult philosophical concepts into understandable and relatable terms.

  • 4
    A Companion to the Spiritual Exercises

    Posted by Unknown on Jul 31st 2019

    This is a great book to have during the Spiritual Exercises. I do not think I could have read it to the end outside of the Spiritual exercises!

  • 4
    Great Insights into the Spiritusl Exercises

    Posted by JOHN I CERVINI on Aug 12th 2017

    I wanted more insights into the Spiritual Exercises and received what I needed from Fr. Lonergan's reflections. Many of the of the other Jesuit spiritual directors were helpful as well. Fr. Lonergan s Method is a strong rudder for the Church moving into the future in a very complicated world.

  • 5
    Deeping of Graces of 30 Spiritual Exercises

    Posted by Jeanette Weychert on May 17th 2017

    I have found Dynamism of Desire to be an invaluable resource for directing the Spiritual Exercises.