Rules of Discernment

imageDescription: This chapter is a blow-by-blow description and exploration of the two sets of rules for discernment found in the Spiritual Exercises using contemporary examples. These examples also offer cautions about the possibility that the movements may also have psychological roots that need to be explored. The point of the latter is that every movement may be brought to prayer for greater healing an clarity.

Orientation I (First Set)

Orientation II (Second Set)

Consolation

Desolation

Change

Doing What We Can (Go-Against)

Hope and Surrender

Negotiating Desolation with Patience

Desolation as Stuckness

Savor Consolation

Consolation and Surrender

Setting Boundaries on Interior Bullies

Sssecrets

Ssseducer

Self-Knowledge and Achilles Heel

Anatomy of a Movement

 

Conscience

Pure Inspiration

Discerning True Consolation

“Angel of Light”

Train of Thought

Catch a Thought by Its Tail

The Sound of Water

Afterglow

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