For the Greater Glory of God: A Retreat Guide on St. Ignatius of Loyola

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Presented by Fr. John Bartunek, LC, SThD

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St. John Paul II observed that for people of faith there are no coincidences, only aspects of God’s providence that we have not yet fully understood. Another way of putting it is to say that there are no coincidences, only God-incidences.

Among these God-incidences, one of the most remarkable is the story of St. Ignatius Loyola. For the world would be very different indeed if a cannonball had not struck him at the Battle of Pamplona in 1521, shattering his leg and confining him to bed for the next 6 months.

During his convalescence, the young Spaniard had ample time to reflect about the meaning of his life, about time and eternity, and, above all, about God. And more than his leg was healed. By the time he recovered he had decided to live no longer for himself, but for God, and the echoes of his choice appear in the motto forever associated with his name: “For the Greater Glory of God.”

In this Retreat Guide we’ll explore what those words meant for his life, and what they can mean for ours.

  • In the First Meditation we’ll reflect on St. Ignatius as a pilgrim seeking the greater glory of God and draw out several virtues necessary for our own pilgrimage through life.
  • In the Second Meditation we’ll look at how St. John the Baptist, a kindred spirit of St. Ignatius, taught his followers to seek the greater glory of God.
  • And finally, the Conference will delve into the examen prayer, a practical tool St. Ignatius warmly recommended in order to see God’s action in our lives, and respond with faith, with hope, and with love.

The Personal Questionnaire/Group discussion questions are available in the Companion Guide Book or Small Group Companion Guide or for purchase via Amazon. Pause the video at any moment to go to the Companion Guide Book or continue to the next meditation.




For the Greater Glory of God: A Retreat Guide on St. Ignatius of Loyola

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  1. What An amazing reflexion right away gave its fruits. In following the insights I found how delicate is the line on pleasing God for its Glory, just so delicate it that I found myself in a moment of enjoyment of the Lord gifts that the extra mile to walk was asked and it was missed! One more opportunity of serve Him ,
    Thank God for this meditations, now I can see.

  2. The 5-steps Examen prayer is so well explained here. Thank you very much, Fr. I am hearing it for the first time that the “Renewal” step is a bridge between prayer and action; this really makes sense. Well done!

    1. Dear Elsa, I’m sorry that we don’t have plans to publish this retreat guide in Spanish. Look for our RCEssay, “Sharpening Your Tongue” in Spanish later this summer.

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