“Let him who is consoled see to humbling himself and lowering himself as much as he can, thinking how little he is able for in the time of desolation without such grace or consolation. On the contrary, let him who is in desolation think that he can do much with the grace sufficient to resist all his enemies, taking strength in his Creator and Lord.”
St. Ignatius of Loyola, Spiritual Exercises #324
[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 #11 – St. Ignatius counsels us to have humility in times of consolation and to be trusting during times of desolation.
- Proverbs 16:18
- Matthew 16:15-17
- Matthew 26:33
- Philippians 4:12-13