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Introduction Prayer for the Beginning of a Retreat Carlo Maria Martini, SJ

1 Prayers to Accompany the First Week of the Spiritual Exercises

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Soul of Christ David L. Fleming, SJ

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I Choose to Breathe the Breath of Christ Joseph Tetlow, SJ

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The First Principle and Foundation St. Ignatius of Loyola as paraphrased by David L. Fleming, SJ

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God’s Grandeur Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ

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My Help, My Hope / Psalm 121 Daniel Berrigan, SJ

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You / Psalm 90 Daniel Berrigan, SJ

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Prayers for the Start of the Day

The Traditional Morning Offering From the monthly leaflet of the Apostleship of Prayer

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You Have Called Me by Name Joseph Tetlow, SJ

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A Morning Offering

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A Prayer for Spiritual Freedom

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God of My Life Karl Rahner, SJ

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Jesus, Join My Life to Yours Jean-Pierre Médaille, SJ

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Examination of Conscience Adapted from Joseph Tetlow, SJ

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A Testament Anthony de Mello

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An Examination of My Use of Time Leo Rock, SJ

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Teach Me to Listen Adapted by John Veltri, SJ

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Prayers That Express Sorrow

An Act of Contrition St. Francis Xavier, SJ

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Prayer for Light and Help St. Claude La Colombière, SJ

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Prayer for the Grace to Name My Sins Joseph Tetlow, SJ

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A Colloquy with Jesus Joseph Tetlow, SJ

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Wash Me with Your Precious Blood St. Peter Canisius, SJ

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A Bold Request Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ

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Prayer for Detachment Blessed Peter Faber, SJ

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Prayer for Humility Daniel A. Lord, SJ

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Forgiving God? Michael Moynahan, SJ

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A Prayer of Reconciliation William Breault, SJ

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“I am not worthy to have you come under    my roof.” (Matthew 8:8) William Breault, SJ

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May I Be Worthy of Your Trust Daniel A. Lord, SJ

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The Inmost Fear David J. Hassel, SJ

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Act of Hope and Confidence in God St. Claude La Colombière, SJ

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Scripture Passages for First Week

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Seedlings Anthony de Mello, SJ

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Broken Record Michael Moynahan, SJ

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An Awareness Examen at the End of the Day John Veltri, SJ (adapted)

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Prayer for Generosity Attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola

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2 Prayers to Accompany the Second Week of the Spiritual Exercises

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The Windhover Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ

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Prayer for What I Want Spiritual Exercises §104

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Eternal Lord of All Things Joseph Tetlow, SJ

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Praying with the Scriptures

Summary: 6 “P’s” Armand Nigro, SJ (adapted)

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Scripture Passages for Second Week

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Prayer Before Reading Scripture Carlo Maria Martini, SJ

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Incarnation Michael Moynahan, SJ

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In the Out House Michael Moynahan, SJ

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Draw Me into Your Friendship Joseph Tetlow, SJ

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A Child My Choice St. Robert Southwell, SJ

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An Intimate Request John Eagan, SJ

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Threefold Prayer for Grace to Live    Jesus’ Values Joseph Tetlow, SJ

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Prayer to Know God’s Will St. Ignatius of Loyola

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Teach Me Your Ways Pedro Arrupe, SJ (adapted)

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Help Me Live Your Kingdom John Futrell, SJ

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Live Eternally in Me Jean-Pierre Médaille, SJ

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Teach Me Thy Paths Blessed Peter Faber, SJ

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A Contemporary Annotation Stephen Privett, SJ

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Center of Our Hearts St. Claude La Colombière, SJ

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Show Me Your Face, O God / Psalm 61 Daniel Berrigan, SJ

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Personal Prayer of Pedro Arrupe Pedro Arrupe, SJ

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True Friend St. Claude La Colombière, SJ

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The Face of Christ Daniel Berrigan, SJ

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Patient Trust Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ

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As Kingfishers Catch Fire Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ

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3 Prayers to Accompany the Third Week of the Spiritual Exercises

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A Prayer for Compassion Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ

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Thou art indeed just, Lord Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ

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The Eucharist and Our Daily Lives Karl Rahner, SJ

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Enfold Me in Your Heart Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ

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I Take My Stand on His Word / Psalm 130 Daniel Berrigan, SJ

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May Jesus’ Death Be My Life Blessed Peter Faber, SJ

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Perfect Resignation St. Joseph Pignatelli, SJ

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Prayer for Compassion Pedro Arrupe, SJ

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Prayer for Obtaining Holy Self-Abandonment 116 Jean-Pierre de Caussade, SJ A Free Oblation of Self St. Edmund Campion, SJ

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In the Hands of God Pedro Arrupe, SJ

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All That I Have I Give Carlo Maria Martini, SJ

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An Offering of Self St. Edmund Arrowsmith, SJ

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A Prayer to Seek the Consolation of the Cross 122


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St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, SJ A Commendation to the Providence of God St. Claude La Colombière, SJ

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A Prayer Asking to Stand Near Mary Blessed Miguel Augustín Pro, SJ

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Prayer for New Life through Death to Sin St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, SJ

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O Deus, Ego Amo Te Attributed to St. Francis Xavier, SJ

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From Death to Life Blessed Peter Faber, SJ

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Scripture Passages for Third Week

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In Honour of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ

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Entrusting Myself to the Hands of Jesus Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ

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Into the Mystery of Jesus’ Life and Death Carlo Maria Martini, SJ

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A Hollowed Space to Be Filled William Breault, SJ

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Prayer to Mary to Understand the Cross

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Carlo Maria Martini, SJ Who Lives in Love St. Robert Southwell, SJ

4 Prayers to Accompany the Fourth Week of the Spiritual Exercises

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Putting Love into Practice St. Ignatius of Loyola

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What I Want and Desire Spiritual Exercises ยง233

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Glory Glory / Psalm 19 Daniel Berrigan, SJ

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Hymn to Matter Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ

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Praise to the Father Carlo Maria Martini, SJ

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My Lord and My God Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ

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Scripture Passages for Fourth Week

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From the Journal of St. Ignatius

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St. Ignatius of Loyola Help Us to Remain Close to You Carlo Maria Martini, SJ

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Pied Beauty Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ

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God Bless the World John J. Morris, SJ

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Suscipe (Traditional) St. Ignatius of Loyola

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Suscipe (Paraphrase) Joseph Tetlow, SJ

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Devotional Materials

Litany of Jesuit Saints Louis J. McCabe, SJ, and Philip G. Steele, SJ

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Litany of Contradictory Things Michael Moynahan, SJ

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Ignatian Litany of the Names of Jesus

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The Novena of Grace in Honor of    St. Francis Xavier

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Prayer of the Faithful

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Prayers to Accompany the First Week of the Spiritual Exercises

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uring the “first week” of the exercises St.‑Ignatius proposes considerations to help us realize how much we are loved by God. As we ponder God’s loving goodness, we usually begin to understand that we have not been wholly generous in our response to that goodness, and we are led to confront the sinfulness in our lives with an honesty we have never before allowed ourselves. As we experience a growing and intense sorrow for our sins, we are consoled because we are opened to the mercy, goodness, and love of God. Ignatius then encourages us to beg for the grace of being free enough to respond to God’s will and to live life with a passion and intensity we have sel‑ dom imagined pos­sible. Use the prayers that follow in this section to deepen your understanding of how much God loves you. Let them give you creative approaches to the examination of conscience. 




Prayers to Accompany the First Week of the Spiritual Exercises

Discover honest, heartfelt ways to express sorrow. But most of all, let these prayers help you develop fresh ways of expressing your love for God.


Prayers to Accompany the First Week of the Spiritual Exercises

Soul of Christ Jesus, may all that is you flow into me. May your body and blood be my food and drink. May your passion and death be my strength and life. Jesus, with you by my side enough has been given. May the shelter I seek be the shadow of your cross. Let me not run from the love which you offer, But hold me safe from the forces of evil. On each of my dyings shed your light and your love. Keep calling to me until that day comes,






Prayers to Accompany the First Week of the Spiritual Exercises

When, with your saints, I may praise you forever. Amen. —David L. Fleming, SJ

This and the following prayer are contemporary paraphrases of the Anima Christi—a favorite prayer of St.‑Ignatius, which he placed at the beginning of his book of Spiri­tual Exercises. He fre‑ quently suggested that the retreatant conclude a prayer period by reciting this prayer.


Prayers to Accompany the First Week of the Spiritual Exercises



I Choose to Breathe the Breath of Christ I choose to breathe the breath of Christ that makes all life holy. I choose to live the flesh of Christ that outlasts sin’s corrosion and decay. I choose the blood of Christ along my veins and in my heart that dizzies me with joy. I choose the living waters flowing from his side to wash clean my own self and the world itself. I choose the awful agony of Christ to charge my senseless sorrows with meaning and to make my pain pregnant with power. I choose you, good Jesus, you know. I choose you, good Lord; count me among the victories that you have won in bitter woundedness. Never number me among those alien to you. Make me safe from all that seeks to destroy me. Summon me to come to you. Stand me solid among angels and saints chanting yes to all you have done, exulting in all you mean to do forever and ever.


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