This book is a guide to the principles and the practices of the discernment of spirits expounded in Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises. It helps the reader to understand discernment clearly and apply it successfully both on retreat and in daily living. It is a rich source of information and guidance for everyone who is interested in the topic. In particular, it gives a careful evaluation of more difficult texts, and a frank treatment of controversial issues such as the existence of created spirits.
The author has been engaged in spiritual counselling and retreat direction for more than forty-five years, and he is also a professor of philosophy. He brings to this work the acuity and precision of a philosopher and practical experience of spiritual direction.