The spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola was a unique one that utilized the analogy of spiritual warfare with the evil one. Spirituality revolved around strict military like discipline, spiritual war with Satan, and a Christo-ecentric goal. Everything revolves around Christ and the Spiritual Exercises emphasize this dependency on Christ as one focuses and meditates on Christ’s life. This course will examine the life of St. Ignatius and his Spiritual Exercises. It will also emphasize Ignatius’ ideals on examination of conscience, discernment, choices, meditation and types of prayer. It is our hope that this course will enlighten you to new and interesting concepts regarding spirituality and the unique character of St. Ignatius Loyola. Course Code: SC 620. Contact hours of education = 30.
Note: Students in the Christian Spiritual Counseling program, may elect to take this course in place of SC 600: Contemplative Prayer & Meditation. This course is based on eastern religious traditions and applications. This course may also be taken by those who are currently certified by the AIHCP, Inc. in Meditation Instructor certification and the Spiritual Counseling certification (without Christian focus).
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TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the courses in the spiritual counseling program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an "incomplete" will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the courses after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.
Required Text: Ignatius of Loyola: The Spiritual Exercises and Selected Works
Edited by George Ganss, S.J Published by Paulist Press, NY, 1991
Most of the exam will cover the section on spiritual exercises and the introduction. The other portions should also be viewed for overall understanding of St. Ignatius.
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GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 30 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score will be presented.
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COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
To know the life of St. Ignatius and his importance to the Church
To comprehend the nature and structure of the Society of Jesus
To apply the principles of Ignatian meditation
To be exposed to and practice the Spiritual Exercises
To know how to examine one’s conscience
To understand the type of prayers used in Ignatian meditation
To utilize the process and methods employed by Ignatius for election
To identify good and evil spiritual movements via Ignatian discernment
To apply Ignatian ideals to one’s spiritual life
Abstract of Course Content:
The Evolution of Ignatius’ Spiritual Worldview
Ignatius’ Writings and Their Interpretations
Ignatius’ Writings (with emphasis on The Spiritual Exercises)