UNIV 102 Loyola Seminar: Ignatian Discernment
Loyola Seminar: Ignatian Discernment
John Chandler, S.J.
Cell phone: 39.333.1356.125
Office - daily
This course explores the theory and practice of Christian discernment grounded in the life, writings and experience of Ignatius of Loyola. Students investigate the personal and apostolic applications of Ignatian discernment through readings, discussions, a retreat, case studies, short papers and a final paper of greater length.
● To introduce students to Ignatian discernment
● To explore personal and apostolic applications of Ignatian Discernment and decision making through commentaries, case studies, classroom discussions and private reflection.
40% Class and Retreat participation. Pass= 100-70 points
30% Occasional Short papers and Original Case Studies No pass=69 points or below
30% Final Paper
Note: This class is dependent on active participation. Students are expected to come to class with assignments and readings completed and a readiness and willingness to participate. If an absence is unavoidable because of illness, please contact the instructor prior to class via e-mail. Even a single absence will result in a lower grade.
The short paper is a reflection on the material covered in class as well as in the readings to indicate that a student has an understanding of the subject. This is due prior to the beginning of the class as noted.
The student will present a case study in the classes noted to indicate that the student has a working knowledge of the subject. Case studies should be written and handed in at the end of the class as noted. They may be used as points for discussion during that same class.
In the Final Paper, the student will place him/herself in the role of counselor and/or friend to a person who is struggling to choose between “two goods.” Using the Ignatian method of discernment, the student will show from the exposition of the case to the resolution how he/she would guide that person.
The Autobiography of Ignatius of Loyola,
Thibodeau, Mark, God’s Voice within: the Ignatian Way to Discover God’s Will
Brackley, Dean, The Call to Discernment in Troubled Times: New Perspectives on the Transformative Wisdom of Ignatius of Loyola (New York: Crossroad, 2004)
Lonsdale, David. Eyes to See, Ears to Hear: An Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality.
Traditions of Christian Spirituality, ed. Philip Sheldrake. Maryknoll, (New York: Orbis Books, 2000)
Silf, Margaret, Inner Compass: An Invitation to Ignatian Spirituality
Toner, Jules J. Spirit of Light or Darkness?-A Casebook for Studying Discernment of Spirits
(St. Louis, Missouri: The Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1995)
Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality
Autobiography of Ignatius of Loyola and other writings
Conflicted Heart/Trusting in Feelings
Consolation and Desolation
Ignatius and “Spirits”
Reflection short paper due
Ignatius’ Rules for Discernment: First Week
Ignatius’ Rules for Discernment: Second Week
Making a good discernment and Final Decisions
Final Paper is welcome at the beginning of the last class but must be submitted before noon on December 12th by e-mail to the instructor. The instructor will immediately notify the student that it has been received.