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The Feast: Re-Forming Ignatian Spirituality

by Dr. Joseph F. Duggan



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Praise for The Feast

“With his book, The Feast: Re-Forming Ignatian Spirituality, “Joe Duggan offers a deeply personal but readily accessible entry into the world of the retreat: a month-long and sometimes shorter time of sustained prayer, reflection, and communication with God. The perspective is Christian and Ignatian, after Ignatius Loyola, but re-fashioned through the lens of gratitude and freedom before the feast of God laid out in the gospel stories of Jesus. Gratitude and freely offered service are the basic themes. Duggan brings the structure of the Spiritual Exercises forward into a contemplative finding of God in all the things that make up our daily life combined with a deep sense of mission.”
− Roger Haight, SJ

“Joe Duggan outlines a healthy, joyful approach to prayer and reflection grounded in the Ignatian tradition enhanced greatly with contemporary insights. Spiritual maturity involves embrace not obedience, celebration not penance. With this guide, many people will find their way to deeper self-understanding, richer community, and more abundant love of the divine. Alleluia.”
− Mary E. Hunt, Theologian, Co-director of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER)

“Joseph Duggan writes from the heart. He gives us very helpful insights into Ignatius and spirituality. Duggan shares his own personal struggles and spiritual journey making his book one that is good for the soul. Here, Duggan meets us, challenging us to deepen our spiritual directions and grow in the process.The Feast guides and enriches our lives, and should be widely read.”
Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Associate Professor of Theology, Earlham School of Religion

“Joseph Duggan has given us a new and refreshing take on the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola and liberates them from an ecumenical and contemporary perspective. His quote from St Irenaeus of Lyons that “The glory of God is a human being fully alive” sums up his view of the spiritual journey and Christian discipleship. His own and two other spiritual autobiographies in The Feast will encourage many on their journeys.”
− Father Michael Lapsley SSM. Institute for Healing of Memories