- Bingo Hall!
- 21st Century
- For Theology & Church
- Pope Francis Resource Library
- Our Authors
Fine-tune your ability to listen and respond to the voice of God
An Ignatian Guide for Greater Discernment
This illuminating resource by acclaimed and bestselling author Fr. Timothy M. Gallagher applies the guidance of Ignatius's second set of rules for discernment to real-life situations to help readers hear and heed the call of the Spirit.
What does God want for our lives? How can we be sure that God is leading us in a particular direction? Is the joy that we experience a sign of God's guidance?
In Spiritual Consolation, Fr. Timothy Gallagher, the popular author of The Examen Prayer and The Discernment of Spirits, explores the teachings of Ignatius of Loyola as they pertain to these crucial questions. By relating Ignatius's second set of rules for discernment to the personal experiences of different individuals, Fr. Gallagher shows all of us, especially those with busy lives, how to listen to and follow God’s leading.
This book is both the completion of Gallagher’s texts on Ignatian teachings and a provocative work in its own right.
Reviews and endorsements
“Timothy Gallagher has produced a second very insightful and useful volume on the rules for discernment of spirits of Ignatius of Loyola, this time on the rules useful for people who have a more developed spiritual life. Like the first volume (The Discernment of Spirits), this one is a judicious blend of textual explanation and concrete examples. The latter demonstrate that these rules formulated over 450 years ago still can help modern people make decisions in tune with God’s desire.”
—William A. Barry, S.J., author of Letting God Come Close
"Miraculous! Timothy Gallagher makes the Ignatian rules of discernment the most easily accessible I have ever read. He skillfully combines creative case studies with clear explanations of the subtle movements of the Spirit. Extremely helpful."
—Michael K. Kennedy, S.J., author of The Jesus Meditations
“Father Timothy Gallagher has emerged as one of the foremost commentators on Ignatian spirituality in the United States. This volume, Spiritual Consolation, offers a penetrating grasp and pellucid exposition of Ignatius’s more advanced rules for the discernment of spirits. I especially appreciate Father Gallagher’s pastoral sense and ability to apply these rules to daily life. This companion piece to his prior work, The Discernment of Spirits, should be required reading for spiritual directors, retreatants, students of spiritual theology, and others interested in deepening their spiritual lives.”
—Harvey D. Egan, S.L., Professor of Systematic and Mystical Theology, Boston College
“This book presents to committed, busy Christians Ignatius Second Week Rules for Discernment. Ignatius’ teaching here is a treasure that good people desperately need . . . Timothy Gallagher writes exceptionally clearly and attractively about the Second Week Rules. His writing is marked by a reverence and love for Ignatius’ text and by a gift for clear exposition. He charts a wise course through the academic discussions, and his footnotes will provide ample guidance for those who want to explore them further. He shows how real people can be helped by what can sound so arcane when you read Ignatius’ text straight off. This book is a valuable new contribution to the Ignatian literature, one that I welcome warmly. Read it and learn from it.”
—Philip Endean, S.J., Editor, The Way
“Fr. Tim Gallagher has quickly become one of the leading commentators on Ignatian discernment. His previous two books on discernment and on the Ignatian Examen set the stage for the mature sensitivity of this book. As in the previous books, his concrete examples incarnationalize in contemporary form the theoretical wisdom of Ignatius. This time the careful and more extensive detail of the examples provides appreciative insight into the special subtlety of these advanced rules. To disregard these rules exposes us, in life’s many situations, to a dangerous deception always aimed at undercutting God’s intimacy in our hearts. Though humbly tentative in some of his other conclusions, Fr. Gallagher is very clear and appropriately strong about this mistake."
—George Aschenbrenner, S.J.
“Authentic Christian discipleship in our fragmented world requires the practice of discernment. The genius of St. Ignatius Loyola was to indicate a way of discernment that resonates with the experience of those who are truly seeking God. In Gallagher’s faith-filled presentation of the rules for discernment, the bare and laconic quality of Ignatius’ language disappears. In its place there emerges the life-giving character of the rules, which enables individuals to have a deeper understanding of their spiritual experience and to respond more wisely to it. It becomes clear in Gallagher’s work that a preserving practice of spiritual discernment enables us to gather the fragments of life into a pattern of greater freedom and hopeful living.”
—Gill Goulding, C.J., Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Spirituality, Regis College, Toronto