Thirty Days: On Retreat with Exercises of St. Ignatius

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Viking Compass, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 285 pages
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Paul Mariani, finding himself at a crossroads in his life, leaves home one January for the month-long silent retreat of the Jesuit tradition, based on the five-century-old Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. He is there to examine his past-as husband, father, teacher, and pilgrim -in order to discover his place in God's plan. As day gives way to day, through a guided program of study, prayer and meditation, broken by long walks along the ice-capped shores of the North Atlantic, he takes us on a visceral and transcendental journey.

Rich in history, humor, and epiphany, Mariani's journal combines a brief life of St. Ignatius with meditations on Jesus' life and His radical gift of love. Mariani also looks unflinchingly at his own transgressions and glories in a sense of renewal that sends him back into the world-and to his family-with a heightened sense of selflessness. Its beauty and power reminiscent of the works of Kathleen Norris and Thomas Merton, Thirty Days is the story of one man's emptying himself until he, and we, have touched our authentic selves in silence with God.

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Mariani writes a journal of his 30-day Ignatian retreat. It's a bit dry, but has a good description of the retreat itself and of Ignatian spirituality. It's a very authentic read, with the author sharing his frustration, hurt and joy. Read full review

Thirty days: on retreat with Exercises of St. Ignatius

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Composed in 1521-48 by St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, Spiritual Exercises acts as a guide to help people find and understand God's will. It is a series of meditations ... Read full review


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Paul Mariani, an award-winning poet, biographer of William Carlos Williams and Robert Lowell, and critic, holds a Chair in English at Boston College. A former professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, he has lectured widely across the country.

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