DOS#3- The First Rule – Discernment of Spirits w/ Fr. Timothy Gallagher

Méditation et la Contemplation Ignatienne Podcast

Episode 3 -The First Rule:

In the persons who go from mortal sin to mortal sin, the enemy is commonly used to propose to them apparent pleasures, making them imagine sensual delights and pleasures in order to hold them more and make them grow in their vices and sins. In these persons the good spirit uses the opposite method, pricking them and biting their consciences through the process of reason.

ignatius3 The Discernment of Spirits: Setting the Captives Free – Serves as an introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola

The 14 Rules for Discerning Spirits –
“The Different Movements Which Are Caused In The Soul”
as outlined by St. Ignatius of Loyola can be found here

Father Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V., was ordained in 1979 as a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, a religious community dedicated to retreats and spiritual formation according to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.  Fr. Gallagher is featured on the EWTN series “Living the Discerning Life:  The Spiritual Teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola”. 

For more information on how to obtain copies of Fr. Gallaghers’s various books and audio which are available for purchase, please visit  his  website:

 For the other episodes in this series visit
Fr. Timothy Gallagher’s “Discerning Hearts” page

4 thoughts on “DOS#3- The First Rule – Discernment of Spirits w/ Fr. Timothy Gallagher”

  1. I have wanted spiritual director but hard to find so I came upon this website and believe it was God leading me to get the tools to struggle against desolation, sin, and struggling to lead a life worthy of Christ. I am linking it to others…who doesn’t need help, especially in these times of all the worldly cares.

  2. Thank you, Discerning Hearts! This series is a blessing for our spiritual life, it brings much light into our darkness. Brilliantly explained, full of the strength and consolation that come from the Holy Spirit. Thank you so much, Father Gallagher!

  3. Want to stop drinking so much wine and be clear to get even closer to God. Father Eric from Saint John the evangelist in Severna Park Maryland suggested that I start following you and that I read your books


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