Ignatian Spiritual Retreat


The Spiritual Exercises are a compilation of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices developed by St. Ignatius Loyola to help people deepen their relationship with God.  

Lenten Retreat with Fr. Behrend

Exploring the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola

Fr. Behrend is hosting a retreat focused on Ignatian spirituality. These Spiritual Exercises grew out of Saint Ignatius of Loyola's personal experience seeking to grow in union with God and discern His will. Ignatius gathered prayers, meditations, reflections, and directions into a carefully-designed framework of a retreat, which Father will share weekly.

This retreat is offered virtually. Fr. Behrend will pre-record his retreat sessions, and they will be available to view (below). Additionally, all videos and resources will be emailed to participants. 

Watch the Week 8 Reflection video below:

Click here for Week 8 Printables


Week One: Reflection on our lives in light of God's boundless love for us.

This first week is a time to reflect on our lives in light of God's boundless love for us. We see that our response to God's love has been hindered by patterns of sin. We face these sins knowing that God wants to free us of everything that gets in the way of our loving response to him. The first week ends with a meditation on Christ's call to follow him.

Week One Video and Printables

Week Two: Listening to and Longing for God

The second week focuses on meditations and prayers that teach us how to follow Christ as His disciple. We reflect on Scripture passages: Christ's birth and baptism, His sermon on the mount, His ministry of healing and teaching, and His raising Lazarus from the dead. We are brought to decisions to change our lives to do Christ's work in the world and to love Him more intimately.

Week Two Video and Printables

Week Three: Principle and Foundation

Where do you Seek God?  All the things in this world are gifts of God, presented to us so that we can know God more easily and make a return of love more readily.

Week Three Video and Printables

Week Four: Sin and God's Forgiveness

The fourth week involves meditating on the sins of the angels, Adam and Eve, and our own sin. What we do and how we sin is a difficult reality to overcome, but we have the gift of "Original Grace" and God's wisdom, power, justice, and goodness. And despite our weakness and failings, we have the gift of creation to help us on our journey to salvation.

Week Four Video and Printables

Week Five: Meditation on Hell and Fear of the Lord

The fifth week involves meditating on Hell and our fear of the Lord. Father will review the discernment of spirit and temptation. Temptation leads us away from the glory of God and faith.  Whose definition of "good" do we use to rationalize our thoughts and actions?  How can we strive for spiritual consolation?

Week Five Video and Printables

Week Six: The Examen / Birth of Christ and Stories of Jesus' Ministry

This sixth week introduces retreatants to the Examen, or the examination of conscience. Father will also discuss some of the stories about Jesus' ministry and will also reveal two standards - the standards of the world and the standards of Christ.

Week Six Video and Printables

Week Seven: Christ's Suffering

It's not easy to suffer and particularly difficult to enter into someone else's suffering, but this week offers you an opportunity to understand Christ's suffering and make sense of His great sacrifice.

Week Seven Video and Printables

Week Eight: Living with Humility

This week offers you an opportunity to understand the way to live with humility.

Week Eight Video and Printables

The two primary forms of prayer you will learn in the Exercises are MEDITATION and CONTEMPLATION

In MEDITATION, we use our minds. We ponder the basic principles that guide our life. We pray over words, images, and ideas.

In CONTEMPLATION, we use our feelings. Contemplation stirs the emotions and enkindles deep desires. We rely on our imaginations to place ourselves in a setting from the Gospels or in a scene proposed by Ignatius. We pray with Scripture. We do not study it.

What we will do is an abridged form of the Spiritual Exercises. Each Monday, Father will post a video explaining different types of prayer, a little about the week, and the next set of reflections. Fr. Behrend is a certified Ignatian Director and has been through and led many different forms of Ignatian retreats. Thank you for joining us!

For more information, contact Fr. Thomas Behrend at 440-248-1350 ext 101 or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .