The Spiritual Exercises and Psychology: The Breadth and Length and Height and Depth (Eph. 3,18)
There is much talk today of the psichology of the Ignatian Exercises. It is said, in fact, that several of the indications offered by St. Ignatius in the annotations and additions of the Exercises are in profound accord with the finding of modern psychology. In 1989, an International Symposium on "Psychology and Ignatian Exercises" was held in Salamanca in Spain. To that Symposium the Author had sent a communication entitled: "The Spiritual Exercisesand personality change. Significance of a limit".
The truth is that the spiritual process proposed by St. Ignatius in his Exercises is geared to the whole human person and , as such, ha to do directly with psychology. But there is more: the overall itinerary of the Exercises, which mobilizes all the human faculties of the retreatant and involves in a special way his/her affectivity, can be studied from a psychological standpoint as wwell as a specifically spiritual one. As a matter of fact, both these standpoints are harmoniously intervowen in a global and authentic understanding of the experienceof the Exercises.
The Ignatian Exercises can be truly considered as a pathway of transformation of the human person. Not always and for everyone though; hence discussion of certain conditions and circumstances which may facilitate or impede such a journey. The present book, using contributions of depth-psychology, although briefly, addresses precisely these themes