Five Pillars of the Spiritual Life : A Practical Guide to Prayer for Active People

ISBN-10: 1586172018
ISBN-13: 9781586172015
Edition: N/A
Authors: Robert Spitzer
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Publisher: Ignatius Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 225
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Fr. Spitzer, President of Gonzaga University and a highly regarded spiritual teacher and writer, presents a practical, yet rich guide for helping busy people develop a regular and deeper prayer life. Based on many successful retreats and seminars he has given to much acclaim over the years, this brilliant Jesuit priest presents five essential means through which the contemplative and active aspects of our lives can be fused together for a stronger spiritual life.

Introductionp. 13
First Pillar: The Holy Eucharistp. 15
Introductionp. 15
The Institution and Grace of the Eucharistp. 15
The Eucharist as Universal Prayerp. 19
The Eucharist and the Liturgyp. 22
The Eucharist and the Other Sacramentsp. 23
Summaryp. 24
Second Pillar: Spontaneous Prayerp. 26
Introductionp. 26
Prayers in Times of Trial, Suffering, and Anxietyp. 26
Prayers for Forgivenessp. 30
Prayers Offering Forgivenessp. 33
"Thy Will Be Done"p. 36
Third Pillar: The Beatitudesp. 39
Introductionp. 39
Blessed Are the Humble-Hearted (the Poor in Spirit)p. 42
Blessed Are the Gentle-Hearted (Meek)p. 47
Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for the Will of God (Holiness)p. 51
Blessed Are the Forgiving and Mercifulp. 52
Blessed Are the Pure of Heartp. 58
Blessed Are the Peacemakersp. 60
God in Light of the Beatitudesp. 61
Fourth Pillar: Partnership with the Holy Spirit Peace, Inspiration, and Transformationp. 66
Introductionp. 66
A Peace Beyond All Understandingp. 66
Peace in Times of Sufferingp. 67
Peace in Times of Persecutionp. 68
The Peace Necessary for Good Judgmentp. 69
Inspiration and Guidancep. 70
Words of Help and Edificationp. 71
The Sensus Fideip. 72
Guidance on Our Wayp. 74
Transformation in the Heart of Christp. 76
Working with the Holy Spiritp. 80
Fourth Pillar: Partnership with the Holy Spirit (Continued) Consolation, Desolation, and Spiritual Discernmentp. 83
Introductionp. 83
Spiritual Consolation and Desolationp. 84
Affective Consolation and Desolationp. 86
Affective Consolationp. 86
Affective Desolationp. 91
Three Rules for the Discernment of Spiritsp. 95
Fifth Pillar: The Contemplative Life. Getting Started: Building a Contemplative Basep. 100
Introductionp. 100
Creationp. 103
Creation of Our Human Soulsp. 105
Redemption in Jesus Christp. 107
The Presence and Guidance of the Holy Spirit in Our Livesp. 115
Fifth Pillar: The Contemplative Life (Continued) Ignatian Contemplation on the Heart of Jesusp. 123
Introductionp. 123
The Wedding Feast at Cana (Jn 2:1-11)p. 124
The Call of Nathanael (Jn 1:43-50)p. 125
The Samaritan Woman (Jn 4:1-29)p. 127
A Collage of Peterp. 129
The Death of Lazarus (Jn 11:1-57)p. 132
The Road to Emmaus (Lk 24:13-32)p. 135
The Prodigal Son (Lk 15:11-32)p. 138
A Note on Contemplating the Mysteries of the Rosaryp. 143
Fifth Pillar: The Contemplative Life (Continued) Contemplation in Everyday Lifep. 147
Introductionp. 147
Praisep. 148
From Gratitude to the Freedom to Love: The Examen Prayerp. 152
Epiloguep. 159
A Checklist for Growth in the Spiritual Lifep. 167
Referencesp. 169
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