Spiritual Exercises in everyday life (19th annotation)
The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola are a creative and flexible programme of prayer and reflection centred on the life of Christ. They can be made as a 30 day retreat or in everyday life as described here.
The method for this retreat in daily life is described in the opening paragraphs of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius, note number 19 – it is often referred to as a “19th Annotation” retreat
Making the Spiritual Exercises according to the 19th annotation can help people to integrate prayer, life and work in a very direct way. Many have found that it is a particular help in finding God in all things.
People from very different backgrounds or Christian traditions have found benefit in making the Spiritual Exercises. Many see it as an opportunity to deepen their relationship with God. Others may make the exercises because they wish to make an important decision about their life direction. Others still come to them for less clear reasons, they just feel drawn to make them.
The person making the Exercises commits to pray and reflect for a certain amount of time each day and meet regularly with the retreat guide. These meetings usually take place once a week, at a time convenient to the retreatant and their guide over a period of between seven and 12 months. The retreatant shares with their spiritual director their experiences of the Exercises over past week and the director then offers material for the coming week.
People often begin making the Exercises in Daily Life in the autumn, as this usually fits in best with the liturgical year. However, it is possible begin the retreat at other times if a director has availability.