“Rules to aid us toward perceiving and then understanding… the various movements in the soul: the good movements that they may be received, and the bad that they may be rejected.”
Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, #313
[This is a reposting of the talks I gave on St. Ignatius of Loyola’s rules for discernment of spirits, drawing on Fr. Timothy Gallagher’s material as well as from the actual rules from the Spiritual Exercises. We cut out the Spanish translation from these teachings, as many English speakers found it cumbersome to listen to. If you hear unnatural pauses or if it sounds clipped, that is the reason why. We hope you find these important principles helpful in living the spiritual life.]
In talk #2, we look at the action of the good spirit and the bad spirit on: 1) a person moving away from God and from serious sin to serious sin, or 2) on a person moving toward God and trying to grow in holiness and leave serious sin behind.