Ignatian Based Spirituality for the Final Third of Life


John A. Cooper, CSD

Ignatian Based Spirituality for the Final Third of Life

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2021 – Times and places to be determined

Description: This course is intended to be conducted in small group settings using a “two by two” methodology whereas the first “giver” moderates the course with an associate who is in training to replicate the process in the associate’s own future groups. The participants are referred to as “receivers” of the Spiritual benefits of this course. Spirituality for the final third of life will be approached from an Ignatian point of view, with the Ignatius’ Suscipe as a foundational principle.[1]

Required Texts (Please Bring to Class Each Time)

Pilgrimage into the Last Third of Life: 7 Gateways to Spiritual Growth by Jane Marie Thibault and

Richard L. Morgan; Upper Room Books 2012. ISBN 978-0-8358-1117-0.[1]

Let God In: One Ignatian Journey: by John Cooper, Austin Macauley Press, 2019. ISBN 9781528927482.[2]

-Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr; Josey-Bass, 2011. ISBN 978-0-470-90775-7.[3]

-Other handouts to be used as course progresses including the Field Hospital Exercises of Fr. Michael Hansen, SJ of Australia.[4]

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Required Reading

The readings above are the basis of class discussion and Spiritual progress into our own aging and death, all the while seeking Divine unity, now and in our sure coming transition into life after death. Page assignments will be given for each class. At this time the length of the class is variable, but one may drop out at any time according to one’s own judgement and needs.  It is suggested one should begin to read the three books mentioned in advance, however it is anticipated the class will progress at a pace whereby one can read the assigned pages a little at a time before the small group discussions take place.

Times and places of classes are to be determined according to interest.

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So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to all the generations to come (Psalm 71:18 – NRSV

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[1]https://www.amazon.com/Pilgrimage-into-Last-Third-Life/dp/0835811174/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=pilgrimage+into+the+last+third+of+life&qid=1624110854&sr=8-1

[2] https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Let+God+In%3A+One+Ignatian+Journey&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

[3] https://www.amazon.com/Falling-Upward-Spirituality-Halves-Life/dp/0470907754/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3GY0YD7MR9KH0&dchild=1&keywords=falling+upward+rohr&qid=1624111631&sprefix=Falling+UpWard%2Caps%2C261&sr=8-1

[4] https://first-exercises.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=75fd6f8cf8deaab17d0961da5&id=b548fb5c23&e=a0332c9cc8


[1] https://www.loyolapress.com/catholic-resources/prayer/traditional-catholic-prayers/saints-prayers/suscipe-prayer-saint-ignatius-of-loyola/

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Spiritual Director, Spirituality of Inner Peace

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