Spiritual Exercises

Learning to See

One spring day my family and I were sightseeing in Portland where we strolled through an old church. As was my habit, I began telling my visually impaired, color blind daughter, Katy, what I saw: the way the colors splashed through the stained glass, how each window seemed to glow with beauty, how the colors complimented the pictures. She listened, then pointed upward. “Well, Mom, here’s what I see. There’s a design like a clover that weaves through everything. See?…

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Disordered Attachments

Contrary to popular belief, once we’ve identified our disordered attachments, dropping them can be easy. All you have to do is see [with eyes of faith] and begin to live out the following truths: 1) Without disordered attachments, I grow closer to God. I get happier. So focus on the resulting joy from letting go rather than the sorrow of my ‘loss’ to help you shed disordered attachments. 2) Without disordered attachments, we enjoy created things, ideas, and situations more.…

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Ignatian Principle and Foundation

Through October, retreatants are praying with, and developing their own Principle and Foundation. The Principle and Foundation encourages us to think about why we are on earth. And if I’m Christian (and understand the meaning of life), the answer should be, “to praise, reverence, and serve God, our Lord, and by this means, save my soul.” Because we are meant for heaven, the Exercises remind us to consider every created thing in relation to our final end instead of for temporary enjoyment or…

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SEEL Program begins 30th Season in September

The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life will begin its 30th season, starting September 10, 2016. This powerful program allows participants to practice various forms of prayer under the guidance of spiritual director. It teaches the rules for discernment and gives participants the opportunity to practice discernment with help of their director. It is especially helpful for a person discerning any larger life question. Participants grow closer to Christ, God the Father and Holy Spirit through daily prayer. Meetings will be…

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30 Year Celebration – Re-Igniting the Spirit

You’re invited to join us for our 30th year celebration, October 9, 2016, from 1-3 PM. Multipurpose Room; Christ the King Church, RIchland. It’s hard to imagine, but the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) Tri-Cities has been providing the 19th annotation of the Spiritual Exercises in our area for thirty years! A SHORT HISTORY In 1986, Sister Dee Marie Reeder returned from training with the Jesuits, excited about spreading the Exercises in our community. She called twelve people to…

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Thanks for a great year

I used to say I was attending my “last” Spiritual Exercises meeting, but it was never true. My kids still kid me about that. Because when the program ends, it might be the last meeting for that particular group, but it’s never the end for the organizers, or for those who direct. The Exercises are like life – a continuum that calls us to prayer and leads us deeper, closer to Christ. And now, between sessions, we can get ready…

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Welcome to Spiritual Exercises

Welcome to the Spiritual Exercises site. Here you’ll find great information and materials for the Spiritual Exercises – 19th annotation. Taking the Exercises to the World – a manual for conducting group meetings for the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. Discerning God’s Call – a manual for discerning the call to become a spiritual director with the Exercises Group Supervision Handbook – method and practice Preparation Days Retreat – three booklet set including: Director Guide Retreatant Workbook Faith Autobiography…

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