|Fr. Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV|
At the heart of Ignatian spirituality is Ignatian discernment of spirits. Born of Ignatius’ conversion experience, the rules have stood the test of time as one of his major contributions to the living of the Christian life.
Unfortunately, despite their prominence in the history of the Church’s spirituality, the rules have never really received the attention they deserve. A book of fairly recent vintage should prove a major help in remedying this situation.
The Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living (Crossroad: New York, 2005) is that book. Written by Fr. Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V., an experienced teacher and retreat-giver, it appeared five years ago and came bearing the endorsement of such authorities as Fr. William A. Barry, S.J. and Fr. Harvey D. Egan, S.J.Link (here) to read the full book review by Fr. James Swetnam, S.J. at the New Jesuit Review