“For we can do this with God’s help, which always remains available, even if we do not clearly perceive it.”
St. Ignatius of Loyola, Spiritual Exercises #320
[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.]
Rule #7 – St. Ignatius tells us that even though we don’t feel God’s love and grace, God still gives us sufficient grace to get through the desolation.
Rule #8 – be patient: the desolation will pass and consolation will return.
- Acts 14:22
- 1 Corinthians 10:13