SD1 Introduction – Spiritual Desolation: Be Aware, Understand, Take Action with Fr. Timothy Gallagher – Discerning Hearts Podcast

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Episode 1 – Serves as an introduction to this series on the subject of “Spiritual Desolation.”

From the Prologue of Setting the Captives Free: Personal Reflections on Ignatian Discernment of Spirits

Five hundred years ago, Ignatius entered the realm of the heart and crafted a set of guidelines for responding to interior experience, both joyful (spiritual consolation) and discouraging (spiritual desolation), on the spiritual level. These guidelines, when well explained, equip hearers to be aware of, understand the significance of, and take action in response to their spiritual experience. Said differently, they take Christian anthropology—the fact that only in Christ can the human person be understood fully—seriously, and render it operative. When one applies these guidelines, the full Christian understanding of the human person ceases to remain a theological construct and is rendered concretely applicable in daily living. For over three decades, I have seen many apply these guidelines with much fruit.

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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”.

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

2 thoughts on “SD1 Introduction – Spiritual Desolation: Be Aware, Understand, Take Action with Fr. Timothy Gallagher – Discerning Hearts Podcast”

  1. Someone (who will remain nameless, but I bless) told me about “OVERCOMING Spiritual Discouragement” by Fr. Gallagher at a time of depression. I was in awe! I didn’t understand how God the Father could be so kind, while asking us to suffer. So loving, while asking His Son to become human and suffer!
    I am grateful for these podcasts of Fr. Gallagher. They are helping me to understand more and more.
    Thank you for making these available.
    God bless you all.

  2. Thank you Kris and Fr. Gallagher for these fantastic podcasts – I am learning a lot. I really can’t say thank you enough but I think one will only truly know the full impact of your generosity when in Heaven and seeing the great tapestry that God has created. God bless!


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