The Ignatian workout Daily spiritual exercises for a healthy faith

Tim Muldoon

Book - 2004

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Chicago, Ill. : Loyola Press c2004.
Physical Description
210 p.
Includes bibliographical references.
Main Author
Tim Muldoon (-)
Other Authors
of Loyola Ignatius, Saint, 1491-1556 (-)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Using athletics as a metaphor for the spiritual life is not exactly a new idea, but Muldoon, a theologian who teaches religious studies at Mount Aloysius College in Pennsylvania, attempts to give it a fresh treatment in this handbook based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius. The exercises are a time-honored method of self-examination and reflection that Muldoon believes to be especially well-suited to postmoderns in search of answers to life's most basic questions. In drawing parallels between the life of prayer and his own experience of physical exercise, which is largely centered around the sport of rowing, Muldoon begins by explaining the idea of the spiritual workout, offering two introductory exercises as illustrations: the spiritual autobiography and the "examen," a kind of rigorous self-inventory. He also offers helpful tips and practices such as using the imagination in prayer and practicing the presence of God, then launches into four "workouts" that consist largely of guided reflections on key Bible passages. In these, he does best when he sticks to traditional texts. His effort to put a contemporary spin on the story of the prodigal son, for example, falls a bit flat as he tries to substitute a party-loving college dropout for the son who squandered his inheritance in the gospel account. That aside, Muldoon has put together a down-to-earth, practical guide that will be useful for novices making forays into the spiritual life. (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Get Fit Spiritually We look at the world&;and at God&;in drastically different ways than our ancestors did, and yet the wisdom of a sixteenth-century Catholic saint perfectly suits our doubtful, antiauthoritarian, pluralistic age. St. Ignatius of Loyola believed that we could know God better by paying attention to his work in our lives, our experiences, our imagination, and our feelings. His Spiritual Exercises, an enduring masterpiece of spiritual insight, teaches us to grow spiritually by learning to respond in concrete, practical ways to this divine presence. The Ignatian Workout presents St. Ignatius&;s wisdom in today&;s language&;as a daily program of &;workouts&; to achieve spiritual fitness, tailored to people with busy schedules. It is a program that shows us how to recognize and respond to a God who is already at work in us, inviting us into a deeper relationship and into richer lives of love and service. &;A thoughtful, clever, and very practical introduction to Ignatian spirituality.&;&;J. A. Appleyard, S.J., vice president for University Mission and Ministry Boston College &;The Ignatian Workout is a valuable contribution to contemporary writing on Ignatian spirituality. Muldoon does a fine job of illustrating just how relevant this spirituality is for today&;s young adults.&;&;J. Michael Sparough, S.J., director of Charis Ministries Ignatian Spirituality for Young Adults

Review by Publisher Summary 2

We all know the importance of physical exercise, but what about the spiritual exercises&;those exercises that keep us fit spiritually? The Ignatian Workout promotes the importance of achieving spiritual fitness and presents a dynamic program of "workouts" based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.Designed for reading, reflection, and prayer, the book includes a brief history of St. Ignatius and an overview of the Spiritual Exercises. Based on a 4-week program originally designed as a 30-day retreat, each week focuses on a different element of the mystery of the Christian faith. This unique guide to spiritual well-being concludes with a list of resources and Web sites for continued study.