The following books were written by our very own Fr. Timothy Gallagher, a renowned expert on Ignatian spirituality and spiritual direction. Choose the right book for you, no matter where you are in your spiritual journey.
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Begin Again: The Life and Spiritual Legacy of Bruno Lanteri
In this biography of the Venerable Bruno Lanteri (1759–1830), founder of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, Fr. Gallagher tells the story of a man who served God and the Church courageously in times of persecution, ready to pay the price. Ven. Lanteri’s lifelong struggles with health, his dedicated service to priests, religious, and laity that rendered him “the man of a hundred tongues and a hundred arms,” his love for the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, his deep prayer, his struggles to overcome his limitations, his enduring quest for holiness, his message of God’s mercy to the disheartened, and his invitation to begin again in times of failure, are detailed in this book. This book is for all who seek inspiration in living their faith amid the vicissitudes and struggles of daily life.
“A man who sought always to remain in the background
is brought forward in this book
so that all can begin again to discover his virtues
and appreciate his influence today.”
—Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago
Praying the Liturgy of the Hours, A Personal Journey
In this book, Fr. Gallagher reflects on the experience of forty years of praying the Liturgy of the Hours. The Second Vatican Council taught with great emphasis that this is a prayer for the entire People of God. Fr. Gallagher’s book offers encouragement both to those who already pray the Liturgy of the Hours and to those who may wish to undertake this prayer.
“Father Gallagher writes a captivating account
on the spiritual richness found in the Liturgy of the Hours.
Those currently praying the Liturgy of the Hours regularly,
or those aspiring to pray, will greatly benefit
from Father Gallagher’s numerous insights
and helpful resources.”.
—His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington
“I warmly recommend this book to anyone—
clergy, religious, or laity—
who wishes to pray the Liturgy of the Hours
with greater attentiveness and devotion.”
—His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York
“In this thoughtful and well-crafted book,
Fr. Timothy Gallagher provides some very helpful clarification
regarding the theology and spirituality
that inform the Liturgy of the Hours.
His honest and searching self-examination will prove invaluable
to anyone who has undertaken the responsibility
of praying this great prayer of the Church.”
—Fr. Robert Barron, Rector of Mundelein Seminary
Author of Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith
Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living
Fr. Gallagher helps us understand St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Rules for Discernment and how their insights are invaluable for our spiritual growth today. By integrating the Rules and the experience of contemporary people, Fr. Gallagher shows the precision, clarity, and insight of Ignatius’s Rules. This book is for all who desire greater awareness of God’s action in their daily spiritual lives, and is valuable reading for retreat directors, spiritual directors, priests, and counselors.
Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living, Audio Book
This title is also available as an audio book, read by Fr. Daniel P. Barron, O.M.V. The book comes on 8 CDs and lasts 9 hours, covering the entire text of the printed book.
Discernimiento de los espíritus: Una guia ignaciana para la vida cotidiana
Edición en español publicada por Crossroad, febrero 2017. (Spanish edition now available from Crossroad as of February 28, 2017.)
A Reader’s Guide to The Discernment of Spirits
This Reader’s Guide arose from repeated requests for a tool to facilitate group and individual study of The Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide to Everyday Living. For each chapter of The Discernment of Spirits, the Guide offers a synthesis, questions that highlight important points, case studies for the application of this teaching to daily life, and reflection questions for personal assimilation of the chapter’s content. Used in combination with The Discernment of Spirits, this Reader’s Guide assists groups in varied settings – parishes, formal classes, spiritual centers, and other gatherings of dedicated people – and individuals in personal study, “to begin applying the Rules to daily life” (from the cover of theReader’s Guide).
The Examen Prayer: Ignatian Wisdom for Our Lives Today
This first book to introduce the examen prayer is also a rich resource for all spiritual seekers. The examen prayer is a transforming and ever-growing practice in Christian spirituality. Fr. Gallagher draws from real-life stories and his experience as a spiritual director to explain the core principles of the examen prayer: What is the examen and how can we begin to pray it? How can we adapt it to our individual lives? What are its fruits?
The Examen Prayer: Finding God in the Busyness of Daily Life, Audio CD
In these conferences, Fr. Gallagher explains Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s teaching on how to find God in the many occupations of each day. The examen prayer, a simple and profound way of praying, helps us to follow God’s leading more closely in the midst of busy lives.
Spiritual Consolation: An Ignatian Guide for the Greater Discernment of Spirits
What does God want for our lives? How can we assess when feelings, even pleasant ones, are signs that God is calling us in a particular direction? In Spiritual Consolation, Fr. Gallagher, a retreat leader and popular author of The Examen Prayer and The Discernment of Spirits, introduces us to the teachings of Ignatius of Loyola on this crucial question. Through the use of real-life examples and the Ignatian principles from the Second Rules, Fr. Gallagher shows how all of us, especially those with busy religious lives, can learn to hear and follow God’s leading. This book is both the completion of Fr. Gallagher’s esteemed Ignatian trilogy and a provocative work in its own right.
Spiritual Consolation: St. Ignatius of Loyola's Guide for the Greater Discernment of Spirits, Audio CD
In these conferences, Fr. Gallagher explains Saint Ignatius’s teaching on how to discern when the attractions we experience in spiritual consolation – when our hearts feel the love of God – are truly of God.
An Ignatian Introduction to Prayer: Scriptural Reflections According to the Spiritual Exercises
In this guide for prayer with Scripture, Fr. Gallagher offers 40 practical, directed meditations for learning the Ignatian way to pray. This book is for those learning to pray with Scripture and for those who seek new depth in such prayer.
Meditation and Contemplation: An Ignatian Guide to Praying with Scripture
The cornerstones of Ignatius of Loyola’s spiritual practice, meditation and contemplation are clearly explained in this simple guide to the Ignatian method with examples from the experience of practitioners and quotations from Catholic spiritual teachers. In the process, the deeper structure of the spiritual practice is illuminated, and advice about adapting it to individual needs is offered. Topics include methods of praying, struggles and growth, and the importance and role of grace. Individuals who desire to pray with scripture, spiritual directors, and all who teach prayer with scripture will benefit from the counsel in this resource.
Meditation and Contemplation: An Ignatian Guide to Praying with Scripture, Audio CD
In this retreat, Fr. Gallagher invites us to experience the two cornerstones of Ignatian prayer, meditation and contemplation. Following the profound yet practical wisdom of the Spiritual Exercises, he offers beginners and experts a fresh perspective on the mechanics of praying with Scripture, struggles and growth in the spiritual life, and the importance and role of grace.
Discerning the Will of God: An Ignatian Guide to Christian Decision Making
Every Christian has a mission. What’s yours? “Is it time to change jobs?” “Should I marry?” “Am I called to religious life?” Sooner or later, every thoughtful Christian asks such questions. For everyone ready to make the shift from “What do I want for my life?” to “What does God want for my life?” Fr. Gallagher offers this new book to help you in making spiritual sense of your major life decisions. Drawing from the timeless methods of Ignatius Loyola and richly illustrated with examples and stories, this book offers practical, profound wisdom for conforming your will to God’s will. Fr. Gallagher takes you through each step of the process, including recognizing God’s infinite love; opening your heart to whatever God wants; making use of silence, the Eucharist, scripture, and spiritual direction; finding clarity (and what to do when you lack clarity); and understanding discernment as part of the greater spiritual life in Christ. While this book focuses on the major decisions such as marriage and career and vocation choices, the insights gained here can be adapted to other significant life decisions as well. Fr. Gallagher’s clear style makes this book an important resource for all who want to discover where God is leading them, as well as for spiritual directors, retreat directors, and counselors.
Discerning the Will of God: An Ignatian Guide to Christian Decision Making, Audio CD
Fr. Gallagher invites us to find the peace that comes from making a decision after a prayerful process of discernment. Drawing from Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s three modes of election, this seminar clarifies the question, the foundation, the disposition, and the means necessary for discerning God’s will.
Discerning the Will of God: An Ignatian Guide to Christian Decision Making, Video DVD
In ten lectures, filmed in the beautiful St. Clement’s Shrine in Boston, Father Timothy Gallagher, presents a video-guide for spiritual directors based on his bestselling title Discerning the Will of God. Using texts from St. Ignatius’s Spiritual Exercises and real-life situations, Father Gallagher offers spiritual directors instruction on how to guide persons through the process of discernment, how to help them discern the movements of their hearts, and how to walk with them toward clarity regarding God’s will.
Living the Discerning Life: The Spiritual Teaching of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Video DVD
(EWTN, 5 DVDS)
In this set of ten conferences, shown on EWTN, Fr. Gallagher explains St. Ignatius of Loyola’s fourteen rules for the discernment of spirits. These clear and practical rules offer assistance in understanding the times of joy and of struggle in the spiritual life.
Finding God in All Things: The Teaching of St. Ignatius of Loyola on Prayer, Video DVD
(EWTN, 4 DVDS)
In this set of thirteen conferences, shown on EWTN, Fr. Gallagher explains St. Ignatius of Loyola’s daily examen prayer and his teaching on meditation and contemplation—how to pray with Scripture.
The Discernment of Spirits: St. Ignatius of Loyola's Guide for the Spiritual Life, Audio CD
In these conferences, Fr. Gallagher explains Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s teaching on how to overcome the great obstacle in the life of faith for many: spiritual desolation.
Venerable Bruno Lanteri, Audio CD
In this set of three audio CDs, Fr. Gallagher presents the spiritual teaching of the Venerable Bruno Lanteri, founder of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, for lay people. In these talks, Fr. Gallagher explores the writings and letters of spiritual direction of Ven. Lanteri for those who live the lay vocation.
A Retreat with J.R.R. Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings, Audio CD
In this retreat, Fr. Gallagher explores themes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings as these apply to the Christian life. Fr. Gallagher examines our Christian vocation in the light of Frodo’s call, Christian fidelity in the light of Sam’s fidelity, and joy as it appears in The Lord of the Rings and in our Christian life.