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GUIDES

“Guides” with this verb Ignatius Loyola modestly expresses his great desire to help others. It is under this motto connoting service and simplicity that the Ignatian School of Spirituality (Escuela Ignaciana de Espiritualidad- EIDES) offers these series of materials.
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St Ignatius dictated his autobiographical reminiscences to Fr Gonçalves da CĂąmara shortly before his death. This booklet aims to help us re-examine our own biographies in the light of Ignatius’s, not something purely anecdotal or chronological but one attending to force lines that are at work within. We may grow through the discovery that God has led our own lives too, ‘dealing with us in the same way as a schoolmaster deals with a child, teaching him’ [Au 27].

At each stage we will plot the historical context in which Ignatius’s life is set; his inner life, or what is happening to him inwardly as his external pilgrimage unfolds; and ways in which our own life journeys may unfold, providing an invitation to re-examine what the Spirit has been working in us.

The Holy Spirit might seem at first sight absent from the Exercises, but such is not in fact the case. The author of our booklet re-reads the experience of the Exercises, uncovering the Spirit's silent presence there. What might initially have seemed a cerebral, tough, ascetic text is shown to be a source of mystical prayer of profoundly contemporary relevance.

Interest in spiritual accompaniment, in all its varied forms, is a growing phenomenon. This booklet presents various perspectives on accompaniment in Christian life and the following of Christ, but certainly much of the information contained in it will be useful for other practices of accompaniment. The most important thing is offering profoundly human support.