St Ignatius Spiritual Exercise
What is Spiritual Exercise?
St. Ignatius gave us this definition: by this name of Spiritual Exercise is meant every way of examining one's conscience, of meditating, of contemplating, of praying vocally and mentally, and of performing other spiritual actions. For as strolling, walking and running are bodily exercises, so every way of preparing and disposing the soul to rid itself of all the disordered tendencies, and, after it is rid, to seek and find the Divine Will as to the management of one's life for the salvation of the soul, is called a Spiritual Exercise.
The aim of Spiritual Exercise
Spiritual Exercise aims for our sanctification. Through conquering oneself, reforming one's life, through living in grace, achieve a closer union with Jesus, and thus the santification of soul. We need to convince ourselves: that we have to become a saint. This entails not only the knowledge of a life in holiness, but to actually live it out. In order to attain this goal we must make a firm decision: I want to live a holy life. To do a Spiritual Exercise gives ourselves a chance to effectively work for our own salvation and sanctity.