Abide in the Heart of Christ: A 10-Day Personal Retreat with St. Ignatius Loyola

Abide in the Heart of Christ: A 10-Day Personal Retreat with St. Ignatius Loyola

by Joe Laramie S.J.


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In Abide in the Heart of Christ, Rev. Joe Laramie, S.J., offers accessible wisdom from the foundations of Jesuit spirituality—St. Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises—in a ten-day personal retreat that will help you encounter Christ, grow your relationship with him, and shape your heart.

Laramie is your guide through this accessible retreat into the heart of Jesus. Based on a structure and approach he developed as a retreat leader at White House Jesuit Retreat in St. Louis, Laramie introduces you to classic themes of the Christian life, including sin, forgiveness, and creation.

This book also helps you learn how to use key scripture passages to reflect on your own experiences. Each reflection includes teachings from the Spiritual Exercises and offers examples from Laramie’s own life. Reflection questions and activities guide you in further contemplation to help you see what’s in your heart, encounter Christ in your daily life, and live more fully in his love each day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594718915
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 09/13/2019
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 101,532
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Rev. Joseph W. Laramie, S.J., is a campus minister at St. Louis University, where he also earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in communications. He studied at Kenrick Glennon Seminary prior to joining the Jesuit novitiate. He studied graduate theology at Boston College, earning master of divinity and licentiate degrees. He was ordained a priest in 2011.

Laramie’s ministry has included working with the homeless in Minnesota and Oregon and with hospital patients in Illinois. He taught at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado, and Rockhust High School in Kansas City, Missouri, and also worked as a missionary to Mayan villages in Belize. Laramie also served as a preacher and spiritual director at White House Jesuit Retreat in St. Louis, Missouri. Laramie’s work has appeared on jesuits.org, The Jesuit Post, the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, the White House Jesuit Retreat blog, andSLU.edu. He has been a guest on Relevant Radio and EWTN radio.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: A Retreat with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius 1

Exercise 1 A Heart Is Created: God, Creation, and Me 15

Exercise 2 What's in My Heart? Awareness and Emotion 23

Exercise 3 A Grateful Heart: My Spiritual Top 10 31

Pause for Heart Check 39

Exercise 4 A Heart Centered in the Lord: The First Principle and Foundation 41

Exercise 5 A Reflective Heart: Examination of Conscience 53

Exercise 6 A Blessed Heart: Gratitude for My Gifts and Talents 67

Exercise 7 A Divided Heart: Vices, Storms, and Temptations 81

Pause for Heart Check 94

Exercise 8 A Wounded Heart: Patterns of Sin 97

Exercise 9 A Visit to the Heart Doctor: Healing and Forgiveness 111

Exercise 10 The King of Hearts: On a Mission with Christ 123

Final Heart Check 135

Conclusion: Are We Done? 137

Appendix: Prayers and Resources 143

Notes 151

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