The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (S.E.E.L.) of Puget Sound

SEEL is a 9 month retreat in "everyday life" that features daily prayer, spiritual direction every 2 weeks and monthly gatherings of prayerful reflection

What are the Spiritual Exercises?

St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order, developed his Spiritual Exercises so that people could retreat for 30 days of prayer and silence to grow in their relationship with God and learn to listen for the voice of the Spirit in their lives. Eventually he also adapted the Exercises for people who could not, for various reasons, go away for 30 days.

This adaptation, called the 19th Annotation, is the basis of the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life retreat, referred to as SEEL, and it invites people to go through the Exercises with the guidance of a spiritual director over a period of nine months.

What are the requirements?

This retreat is ideally suited for those who have an established a discipline of personal prayer, have had the experience of sharing their experience with another, and who are committed to deepening their faith. Our spiritual directors work with those who desire to grow in these areas. Participants are expected to commit to an hour of prayer each day, meet with a spiritual director twice a month, and meet one Saturday a month for a three hour retreat with other participants.

Watch Andrew Garfield Discuss Discovering Jesus, Spiritual Warfare and More with Stephen Colbert

Another account of Andrew's experience of the Spiritual exercises. What is it like to fall in love with Jesus? Actor Andrew Garfield recently visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and the two had an interesting discussion about spiritual exercises, fasting, faith, how preparing for the film Silence showed him about Jesus, the afterlife, doubt and even spiritual warfare. It’s a really fascinating conver...

Here are some photos from the 2016 Pilgrimage. Thanks, Lisa Dennison!

Candles at Montserrat

Andrew Garfield played a Jesuit in Silence, but he didn't expect to fall in love with Jesus.

“What was really easy was falling in love with this person, was falling in love with Jesus Christ. That was the most surprising thing.” “There were so many things in the Exercises that changed me and transformed me, that showed me who I was...and where I believe God wants me to be.”

[01/06/17]   A thought for the New Year. This was the Prayer of Meditation at the Christmas Eve Service at All Saints Church in Pasadena.

Listen to you life.
See it for the fathomless mystery that it is.
In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness:
touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it
because in the last analysis all moments are key moments,
and life itself is grace.

Frederick Buechener (b 1926)

An examen for the New Year

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"If we want to celebrate Christmas authentically, we need to contemplate this sign: the fragile simplicity of a small newborn, the meekness of where he lies, the tender affection of the swaddling clothes. God is there." Birth of Jesus should remind world of the suffering of children today, pontiff says in Christmas Eve address at Vatican




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