Thirty Days: On Retreat with the Exercises of St. Ignatius

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Penguin, Jan 28, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
From the day Paul Mariani arrives at Eastern Point Retreat House to take part in the five-hundred-year-old Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, he realizes that his expectations and assumptions about who he is, what he knows, and what he believes are about to change radically. In this profound memoir Mariani blends a brief life of St. Ignatius and meditations on the life of Jesus with the day-to-day unfolding of thirty days of silence at the retreat house. His journey of introspection, self-revelation, and spiritual renewal leads him to a new understanding of his relationship with God and of what it truly means to put others before oneself.

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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

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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


THE FIRST WEEK The Loss of Gods First Kingdom
THE SECOND WEEK Thy Kingdom Come
THE THIRD WEEK Suffering and Death
THE FOURTH WEEK He Is Risen Alleluia

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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 and lives in Montague, Massachusetts.

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