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  • n. one who practices spiritual exercises, especially those of Ignatius of Loyola

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  • The idea of the work is to help the exercitant to find out what the will of God is in regard to his future, and to give him energy and courage to follow that will.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability

  • In their fullness they should, according to Ignatius 'idea, ordinarily be made once or twice only; but in part (from three to four days) they may be most profitably made annually, and are now commonly called "retreats", from the seclusion or retreat from the world in which the exercitant lives.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability

  • However, though the method of St. Ignatius leaves the exercitant to think for himself, the author does not intend that the latter should use it without guidance.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • To obtain the desired result St. Ignatius uses only a few words, but these are so selected as to make a deep impression on the mind and, if seriously meditated on by the exercitant and fostered in his soul, will soon develop into powerful thoughts and become a source of great spiritual enlightenment and consequently of earnest energetic resolutions.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • We find in the annotations at the beginning, in the notes strewn here and there, in the rules for the discernment of spirits a real system of spiritual training, that makes adequate provision for the different states of soul of the exercitant, and warns him, or rather his director, of what is most fitting, according to the circumstances of the case.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • The author seeks only to raise the "exercitador" gradually to the contemplative life, whereas St. Ignatius leads the exercitant to determine for himself the choice of a state of life amongst those most pleasing to God.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • The Spiritual Exercises, the secret of Ignatius's success, are a series of considerations arranged, as he tells the exercitant from the first, to enable him to make a choice or election on the highest principals and without fear of consequences.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • This criticism was emphasized in the beginning by Thomas de Pedroche, O. P and arose from an erroneous interpretation of the fifteenth annotation, in which St. Ignatius advises the director not to substitute his own views for those God may have upon the exercitant.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • The eighteenth annotation forbids them to be given indiscriminately; without considering who the exercitant is.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • The second and third weeks lead the exercitant along the illuminative way.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

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