Introductory Ignatian Spiritual Exercises for Busy Persons

For faculty and staff who are busy with work at LMU and who have much activity in the rest of their personal lives, the Center for Ignatian Spirituality offers personally adapted introductory Ignatian spiritual exercises, with meeting times adapted to each one's schedule.

Following the model provided by those who make use of "personal trainers" for gaining facility with physical exercises, LMU faculty and staff have the option of meeting with a member of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality staff to gain facility in reflecting upon everyday work and life experiences, and so to grow in appreciation for, and conscious exercise of, their personal gifts of body, mind, and spirit.

For enquiries, please contact:

Fr. Randy Roche, SJ, rroche@lmu.edu, 88695

For faculty and staff who are ready to commit to regular periods of reflection/ prayer during each week, and also meet with a guide once a week for the many months it takes to complete the experience, we also offer The Spiritual Exercises for Busy Persons

One Ignatian exercise available for anyone, and highly recommended for daily use, is called a "Busy Person's Awareness Exercise."

Some Ignatian Spirituality Practices and Resources

A good book - one with a title that appeals - can be an excellent companion. Keep a book or books handy for reading whatever meets your needs at the time: biographies of saints, books about prayer, or about spirituality. A small library is available at the Center for Ignatian Spirituality.

Read and pray with Scriptures, as during The Exercises:

  • A handy resource that comes in the mail: a 4 ¼ X 5” monthly booklet, Living with Christ, which has all the Scripture readings used for Mass, and some small bits of commentary.
  • An alternative means for finding Scripture passages: Choose one of the four Gospels, and use one story at a time; or, use Psalms; or, use your handouts from The Exercises; or, find “special” Scripture references from your journal.
  • Sacred Space is one of the best online aids for praying with Scripture.

Saint Ignatius’ strongest recommendation: take some time each day to reflect on what has taken place, in order to recognize where God was active. This is a practical means for continuing the “Contemplation for Love” in daily life. Review handout notes on the Examen (p. 140) from The Exercises, or see: Awareness Reflection.

  • Another means of reflecting is to keep a journal about spiritual experiences
  • Faith-sharing in a small group who meet once or twice a month, for no more than an hour, can be very supportive of nurturing the spirit. The Center has some written materials for groups, and one group meets regularly at the Center.
  • Make use of a spiritual director or faith-guide. Some people are greatly helped in continuing to grow in their relationship with God by occasionally talking with one other trusted person specifically about their experiences of spirituality. One resource for finding such a companion: The Spiritual Life Center.

We wish to assist in any way that we can!

- Randy Roche, SJ           


Our List of Books:

  • A Simple Life-changing Prayer – Discovering the Power of St. Ignatius Loyola’s Examen, Jim Manney
  • Finding God in Each Moment: The Practice of Discernment in Everyday Life, Carol Ann Smith, SHCJ, and Eugene F. Merz, SJ. This book is designed specifically for those who have made The Exercises, and wish "for help with discernment, how to attend to the Spirit as she is poured out in their relationships and daily lives" (Smith and Merz, p. 8). The Center for Ignatian Spirituality has some copies.
  • An Ignatian Introduction to Prayer, Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V.
  • Making Choices in Christ: The Foundations of Ignatian Spirituality, Joseph Tetlow, SJ
  • Putting on the Heart of Christ (How the Spiritual Exercises Invite us to a Virtuous Life), Gerald M. Fagin, S.J.
  • Surprised by Joy, C.S. Lewis
  • Tattoos on the Heart, Greg Boyle, SJ
  • The Discernment of Spirits (An Ignatian Guide to Everyday Living) by Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V.God’s Passionate Desire (and Our Response,) William Barry, SJ
  • The Ignatian Way: Key Aspects of Jesuit Spirituality, Charles J. Healey, SJ
  • The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, James Martin, SJ
  • What's Your Decision? (How to Make Choices with Confidence and Clarity), J. Michael Sparough, SJ, Jim Manney, SJ and Tim Hipskind, SJ.


Updated 09/4/14