Priests, Masters of Spiritual Life
“Activities characteristic to the Disciples of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary include: Spiritual direction and spiritual formation; the Spiritual Exercises according to the method of St. Ignatius of Loyola…” (Constitutions DCJM, 9).
As Disciples, we understand the need of a Master that can guide and help in the spiritual life. As priests of a Religious Institute we help others in this journey through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and through spiritual direction.
The Spiritual Exercises are the source of our personal and communitarian encounter with Christ. We have learned from St. Ignatius this particular way of life in the school of our Teacher Jesus Christ, Our Lord. And now we offer Spiritual Exercises to those who want to advance in the spiritual journey. The ignatian Retreat is one of the ways that the Holy Spirit proposes for all the members of the Church who want to live out their call to holiness.
The discernment of spirits is discovered through the Spiritual Exercises. It is useful and practical and much needed to live the new life that Christ brings to us. For this reason, we offer spiritual direction, accompanying the person to listen to the Lord’s voice, to discern spirits and to recognize God’s action to cooperate with the Holy Spirit, true Master of the interior life.
Our work to assist people’s growth in holiness begins by understanding one’s personal way of holiness. It is a path that is determined by the state of life, but also by the personal characteristics. For this reason, we pay particular attention to the heart. The heart is where the most decisive elections are made. To advance in the way of holiness, we propose practices, especially those that are most recommended by the Church. Lastly, we work with the vision of the creative minority: people grow when they enter in communion with others and when they are able to generate new practices with which they can enrich their communion and give novelty to their life.
We offer in the way of holiness:
- Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Exercises according to the method of St. Ignatius.