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Forthcoming: the Handbook for Discerning the Will of God, available in April 2017!
A Handbook for Spiritual Directors: An Ignatian Guide for Accompanying Discernment of God’s Will
This book offers spiritual directors a practical guide for accompanying persons who, when faced with choices, ask for help in discerning God’s will. In it, Fr. Gallagher explores the wisdom of St. Ignatius, gathers the insights of the best commentaries in the 500 years since, and shapes this material into a clear and usable guide for spiritual directors. When guiding others in discernment, spiritual directors will find this Handbook an invaluable tool. Based on Ignatian wisdom, it will show them how to proceed and will supply the means for the process.
“This highly practical and lucidly written book is yet another example
of why Father Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V., is
America’s preeminent interpreter of and writer on
Ignatian spiritual direction and discernment.”
—Harvey D, Egan, S.J., Emeritus Professor
of Systematic and Mystical Theology, Boston College
“A beautiful example of profoundly pastoral theology, A Handbook for Spiritual Directors: An Ignatian Guide for Accompanying Discernment of God’s Will, offers an important complement to his earlier work Discerning the Will of God: An Ignatian Guide to Christian Decision Making, which has been a source of consolation for many today who seek guidance from Ignatius’s wisdom about discernment. This new book will be a sine qua non for the training of spiritual directors, especially as interest in Ignatian discernment grows at retreat centers, parishes, and universities worldwide.
I am grateful for the important work that Fr. Gallagher has undertaken and for the many who will benefit from his work.”
—Tim Muldoon, author of The Ignatian Workout and Living against the Grain: How to Make Decisions that Lead to an Authentic Life
“A wonderful book! Sure to become a standard text for those in ministry. It will be an invaluable resource for all spiritual directors and those in pastoral ministry. Simply put, Gallagher ‘gets’ St. Ignatius of Loyola.
He understands Loyola’s timeless wisdom and effectively teaches the reader to understand it as well.”
—Mark E. Thibodeaux, S.J., spiritual director and author of Armchair Mystic and God, I Have Issues
Begin Again: The Life and Spiritual Legacy of Bruno Lanteri
In this biography of the Venerable Bruno Lanteri (1759–1830), founder of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, Fr. Gallagher tells the story of a man who served God and the Church courageously in times of persecution, ready to pay the price. Ven. Lanteri’s lifelong struggles with health, his dedicated service to priests, religious, and laity that rendered him “the man of a hundred tongues and a hundred arms,” his love for the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, his deep prayer, his struggles to overcome his limitations, his enduring quest for holiness, his message of God’s mercy to the disheartened, and his invitation to begin again in times of failure, are detailed in this book. This book is for all who seek inspiration in living their faith amid the vicissitudes and struggles of daily life.
“A man who sought always to remain in the background
is brought forward in this book
so that all can begin again to discover his virtues
and appreciate his influence today.”
—Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago
Spiritual Counsels for Life in the World, Venerable Bruno Lanteri
Fr. Timothy Gallagher provides a window into Ven. Lanteri’s heart: a heart that loved, that reached out to others in human and spiritual friendship, and that, itself filled with faith, rejoiced in the spiritual growth of those it approached. Through his own words and those of witnesses, we will watch Ven. Lanteri interact with laypeople, explore his sense of the dignity of their vocation, listen as he urges laypeople to live with holiness, and ponder the key emphases of his spiritual direction of the laity. It is my hope that these pages will reveal the figure of Ven. Lanteri as a spiritual guide of the laity and that his call to holiness in the lay vocation will resound again today.
The first part of this book centers on basic themes in Ven. Lanteri’s spiritual direction of laypeople. In the second part, a selection of his letters presents this guidance in practice.
Praying the Liturgy of the Hours, A Personal Journey
In this book, Fr. Gallagher reflects on the experience of forty years of praying the Liturgy of the Hours. The Second Vatican Council taught with great emphasis that this is a prayer for the entire People of God. Fr. Gallagher’s book offers encouragement both to those who already pray the Liturgy of the Hours and to those who may wish to undertake this prayer.
“Father Gallagher writes a captivating account
on the spiritual richness found in the Liturgy of the Hours.
Those currently praying the Liturgy of the Hours regularly,
or those aspiring to pray, will greatly benefit
from Father Gallagher’s numerous insights
and helpful resources.”
—His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl,
Archbishop of Washington
“I warmly recommend this book to anyone—
clergy, religious, or laity—
who wishes to pray the Liturgy of the Hours
with greater attentiveness and devotion.”
—His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan,
Archbishop of New York
“In this thoughtful and well-crafted book,
Fr. Timothy Gallagher provides some very helpful clarification
regarding the theology and spirituality
that inform the Liturgy of the Hours.
His honest and searching self-examination will prove invaluable
to anyone who has undertaken the responsibility
of praying this great prayer of the Church.”
—Fr. Robert Barron,
Rector of Mundelein Seminary
Author of Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith
Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide
for Everyday Living
Fr. Gallagher helps us understand St.
Ignatius of Loyola’s Rules for Discernment and how their insights
are invaluable for our spiritual growth today. By integrating the
Rules and the experience of contemporary people, Fr. Gallagher
shows the precision, clarity, and insight of Ignatius’s Rules. This
book is for all who desire greater awareness of God's action in
their daily spiritual lives, and is valuable reading for retreat
directors, spiritual directors, priests, and counselors.
Discernimiento de los espíritus: Una guía ignaciana para la vida cotidiana
Edición en español publicada por Crossroad, febrero 2017. (Spanish edition now available from Crossroad as of February 28, 2017.)
Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide
for Everyday Living, Audio Book
This title is also available as an audio book, read by Fr. Daniel P. Barron, O.M.V. The book comes on 8 CDs and lasts 9 hours, covering the entire text of the printed book.
A Reader’s Guide to The Discernment of Spirits
This Reader’s Guide arose from repeated requests for a tool to facilitate group and individual study of The Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide to Everyday Living. For each chapter of The Discernment of Spirits, the Guide offers a synthesis, questions that highlight important points, case studies for the application of this teaching to daily life, and reflection questions for personal assimilation of the chapter’s content. Used in combination with The Discernment of Spirits, this Reader’s Guide assists groups in varied settings – parishes, formal classes, spiritual centers, and other gatherings of dedicated people – and individuals in personal study, “to begin applying the Rules to daily life” (from the cover of the Reader’s Guide).
The Examen Prayer: Ignatian Wisdom for Our
This first book to introduce the
examen prayer is also a rich resource for all spiritual seekers.
The examen prayer is a transforming and ever-growing practice in
Christian spirituality. Fr. Gallagher draws from real-life stories
and his experience as a spiritual director to explain the core
principles of the examen prayer: What is the examen and how can we
begin to pray it? How can we adapt it to our individual lives? What
are its fruits?
The Examen Prayer: Ignatian Wisdom for Our
Lives Today, Audio Book
Fr. Timothy Gallagher’s The Examen Prayer is also available as an unabridged audio book, read by Fr. John Wykes, OMV.
Spiritual Consolation: An Ignatian Guide
for the Greater Discernment of Spirits
What does God want for our lives? How
can we assess when feelings, even pleasant ones, are signs that God
is calling us in a particular direction? In Spiritual Consolation,
Fr. Gallagher, a retreat leader and popular author of The
Examen Prayer and The Discernment of Spirits,
introduces us to the teachings of Ignatius of Loyola on this
crucial question. Through the use of real-life examples and the
Ignatian principles from the Second Rules, Fr. Gallagher shows how
all of us, especially those with busy religious lives, can learn to
hear and follow God's leading. This book is both the completion of
Fr. Gallagher’s esteemed Ignatian trilogy and a provocative work in
its own right.
An Ignatian Introduction to Prayer:
Scriptural Reflections According to the Spiritual
In this guide for prayer with
Scripture, Fr. Gallagher offers 40 practical, directed meditations
for learning the Ignatian way to pray. This book is for those
learning to pray with Scripture and for those who seek new depth in
Meditation and Contemplation: An Ignatian
Guide to Praying with Scripture
The cornerstones of Ignatius of
Loyola’s spiritual practice, meditation and contemplation are
clearly explained in this simple guide to the Ignatian method with
examples from the experience of practitioners and quotations from
Catholic spiritual teachers. In the process, the deeper structure
of the spiritual practice is illuminated, and advice about adapting
it to individual needs is offered. Topics include methods of
praying, struggles and growth, and the importance and role of
grace. Individuals who desire to pray with scripture, spiritual
directors, and all who teach prayer with scripture will benefit
from the counsel in this resource.
Discerning the Will of God: An Ignatian
Guide to Christian Decision Making
Every Christian has a mission. What’s
yours? “Is it time to change jobs?” “Should I marry?” “Am I called
to religious life?” Sooner or later, every thoughtful Christian
asks such questions. For everyone ready to make the shift from
“What do I want for my life?” to “What does God want for my life?”
Fr. Gallagher offers this new book to help you in making spiritual
sense of your major life decisions. Drawing from the timeless
methods of Ignatius Loyola and richly illustrated with examples and
stories, this book offers practical, profound wisdom for conforming
your will to God’s will. Fr. Gallagher takes you through each step
of the process, including recognizing God's infinite love; opening
your heart to whatever God wants; making use of silence, the
Eucharist, scripture, and spiritual direction; finding clarity (and
what to do when you lack clarity); and understanding discernment as
part of the greater spiritual life in Christ. While this book
focuses on the major decisions such as marriage and career and
vocation choices, the insights gained here can be adapted to other
significant life decisions as well. Fr. Gallagher’s clear style
makes this book an important resource for all who want to discover
where God is leading them, as well as for spiritual directors,
retreat directors, and counselors.
New! The handbook for Discerning the Will of God is in publication, due April 2017.
Discerning the Will of God: An Ignatian
Guide to Christian Decision Making, Audio Book
This title is also available as an audio book, read by Fr. John Wykes, O.M.V. The audio book covers the entire text of the printed book.
Which Ignatian title is right for you?
You may already know which book or books are right for you. The
following text is offered for those who may welcome additional
information in making this choice. You may also
listen to Fr. Tim explain the purpose of each book.
When you need short, practical exercises for young and
An Ignatian Introduction to Prayer
Group leaders who are looking for practical exercises for
groups, including groups who may not have much experience in
spiritual development, will want to acquire An Ignatian
Introduction to Prayer: Scriptural Reflections According to the
Spiritual Exercises. This book features forty short (two-page)
Ignatian meditations, including scripture passages, meditative keys
for entering into the scriptural story, and guided questions for
reflection. These exercises are also useful for individual
reflection both for experienced persons and beginners: beginners
will recognize and resonate with some of the evocative passages
from scripture; those familiar with Ignatian teaching will
appreciate the Ignatian structure of the guided questions.
When your life is at a crossroads:
Discerning the Will of God
If you are facing a turning point in life, you know how
difficult it can be to try to hear God's will amid the noise of
other people’s expectations and your own wishes. Ignatius of Loyola
developed a series of exercises and reflections designed to help
you in these times so that your decision can be one that conforms
to God’s will for your life.Discerning the Will of God: An
Ignatian Guide to Christian Decision Making is a trustworthy
guide to applying those reflections to your own particular
circumstances. This guide, which does not require any prior
knowledge of Ignatian spirituality, can be used by people of any
faith, though some elements will be more directly applicable to
When you want classic spiritual discipline to apply every
The Examen Prayer and Meditation and Contemplation
Individuals wanting to deepen their prayer lives using a
spiritual discipline will find The Examen Prayer an
important resource. The examen prayer is a powerful and
increasingly popular practice for finding God’s hand in our
everyday lives and learning to be receptive to God's blessings.
This easy-to-read book uses stories and examples to explain what
the examen is, how you can begin to pray it, how you can adapt it
to your individual life, and what its benefits for your life can
be. Highly practical!
A second favorite is Meditation and Contemplation: An
Ignatian Guide to Praying with Scripture. Anyone familiar with
Ignatian spirituality has heard about meditation and contemplation.
In this volume, Fr. Gallagher explains what is unique to each
practice, shows how you can profit from both at different times in
your spiritual life, and reveals some of the forgotten elements
(such as the preparatory steps and colloquy) and how the structure
can be adapted to your particular spiritual needs.
Because The Examen Prayer draws from the experiences of
everyday life, it can stand on its own as a guide to the prayer of
examen. Those looking to begin their practice of meditation and
contemplation, which for Ignatius is always based on scripture, may
choose their own scripture passages or draw from the forty examples
in An Ignatian Introduction to Prayer, mentioned earlier.
When you’re ready to move more deeply into Ignatian
The Discernment of Spirits and Spiritual Consolation
Spiritual directors, directees, and others who want to
understand the deeper structures of Ignatian thought have come to
rely on The Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide to
Everyday Living, and Spiritual Consolation: An Ignatian
Guide for the Greater Discernment of Spirits. The Discernment
of Spirits leads us through Ignatius’s Rules for discernment,
showing both their precise insight into the human soul and their
ability to illustrate the real-life struggles of spiritual seekers
today. As Fr. Gallagher writes, his practical goal is “to offer an
experience-based presentation of Ignatius’s rules for discernment
of spirits in order to facilitate their ongoing application in the
spiritual life. This is a book about living the spiritual life.”
Because it forms the foundation for so many other aspects of
Ignatian thought, The Discernment of Spirits has become Fr.
Gallagher’s bestselling book and has been the basis for a TV
Spiritual Consolation extends this same approach,
interweaving stories and principles for a more profound
understanding of Ignatius’s Second Rules for discernment.