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Praying for Freedom Racism and Ignatian Spirituality in America

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Praying for Freedom
Racism and Ignatian Spirituality in America
$22.46 - $26.35

Why do the Spiritual Exercises not change us as deeply as we hope? This is the haunting question that was raised at the recent general congregation of the Jesuits about Ignatius’s Spiritual Exercises and the question the contributors to this book explore and attempt to answer in the context of ongoing racial injustice in the United States. All of us who love and are engaged in Ignatian spirituality must also ask ourselves this same question. Contributors explore this question by examining how “color-blindness racism” determines our interpretation of the Spiritual Exercises in the United States. Animated by the grace of Ignatius's conversion experience these spiritual directors, theologians, and leaders in Jesuit ministries offer insightful scholarly and creative pastoral engagement of The Spiritual Exercises for the ongoing journey of conversion from racism and white supremacy in the United States.

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Format: Paperback book
Product code: LP6791
Dimensions: 6" x 9"
Length: 248 pages
Liturgical Press
ISBN: 9780814667910
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Edited by Laurie Cassidy


To answer the question posed by Jesuits and by extension, all who are touched by Ignatian spirituality, 'Why are we not more deeply changed by the Spiritual Exercises?' is also to confront the painful issue of racism in America. What emerges through the poignant and prayerful essays offered in this volume is hope and a broadened perspective. Together, the collection demonstrates that the heritage of racially charged violence, negligence, and human suffering which so often give way to indifference and paralysis do not have the final word in our discourse and imagination. Compassionate solidarity grounded in Christian and Ignatian tradition uncover paths of transformative possibilities.

Joseph Lagan, MDiv, Director, Ignatian Spirituality Program, University Mission, Regis University

It is about movement. Praying for Freedom invites us into the movement of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, into becoming swept up and responsive to the overabundance of God’s grace, into turning toward the sacramentality of all bodies, and into unlearning white supremacy, a holy unlearning. Dare to move.

Nancy Pineda-Madrid, T. Marie Chilton Chair of Catholic Theology, Loyola Marymount University

Praying for Freedom translates Ignatian spirituality as a warm embrace that liberates us from the shackles of racism so that we can fall in love with all of humanity. As we actively engage with the Spiritual Exercises, we begin to see differently, hear differently, and move differently in community. Let freedom ring as we encounter these all-encompassing exercises in love!

Lori Stanley, Executive Director of Loyola Institute for Spirituality


Laurie Cassidy, PhD, currently teaches in the Christian Spirituality Program at Creighton University and was associate professor in the religious studies department at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. An award-winning author and editor, her latest book, Desire, Darkness, and Hope: Theology in a Time of Impasse, was edited with M. Shawn Copeland. Cassidy has been engaged in the ministry of spiritual direction for over thirty years, giving directed retreats around the United States. Raised in Massachusetts, she now makes her home in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, traditional homeland of the Mouche band of the Nuche (today known as the Ute) in Colorado.