St. Ignatius of a Loyola was a 16th century soldier-turned-theologian and founder of the Society of Jesus (also known as the Jesuits). While recovering from a battle wound, Ignatius began reading the Bible and was inspired to write the Spiritual Exercises. He understood that strength gained through meditation is as vital as physical stamina.
The Spiritual Exercises ask us to examine ourselves and our relationship with God through the life of Jesus. During each of four stages of contemplation, we’re instructed to use our five senses to place ourselves in scenes from scripture, and to imagine conversations with God and the saints.
St. Ignatius encouraged retreats in daily life. That’s why we created this experience to help you make time for prayer and reflection—whenever it’s convenient. With guidance from noted spiritual leaders, our video lessons and exercises give you the tools you need to build your own practice.