may attend whichever of these exercises help, or may use their
time profitably otherwise. Retreats are open to Christians of
all denominations, and retreatants are free to attend or absent
themselves from any of these offerings that agree with or differ
from their own religious beliefs or practices.
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began to help people by guiding them one-on-one through the
meditations of The Spiritual Exercises. This tradition
of individually directed retreats was replaced for some time
by conference retreats, but as the Jesuits rediscovered their
roots after Vatican II, the practice of individually directed
retreats revived. On these retreats retreatants spend up to
four prayer periods a day in meditation, and then share their
prayer experience with their director. The retreat is adapted
to the experience of the retreatant during each day's prayer.
full Spiritual Exercises take about
thirty days or 9 months depending on how they are made. Ignatius
had foreseen that while some people could put 30 days aside
to make the full Exercises, even more needed to continue with
their usual occupations and at the same time make these same
Exercises at home dedicating to them 60 to 90 minutes a day
over the course of 9 months or so in what is called The Spiritual
Exercises in Daily Life. Jesuits and many other religious
who have made the full Exercises will pray each year an eight-day
version of them. Our Internship program requires an annual five-day
directed retreat. Obviously one does not cover the same ground
in five as in 30 days or 9 months, but few people have the freedom
to spend so much time in solid serious prayer, and few retreat
houses have the facilities or directors to offer such an experience.
Many will opt for a shorter version of five to eight days.
Manresa we set aside only three eight-day sessions during June,
July, and August when visiting directors join us and the house
is given over to directed retreats. There are special advantages
to this arrangement, but retreatants are welcome to come at
virtually anytime during the rest of the year for the period
they seek to stay, provided that directors and rooms are available.
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directors adapt the Exercises in different ways. Sometimes the
adaptation is such that we may speak of Topical Retreats.
These are retreats that complement Ignatian spirituality rather
than explicate it, and some retreats are special in the sense
that they address particular audiences, needs, times or themes.
Among such retreats that will be offered in the coming this