St. Ignatius Loyola: Spiritual Exercises
From the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola
TO HAVE THE TRUE SENTIMENT WHICH WE OUGHT TO HAVE IN THE CHURCH MILITANT
Let the following Rules be observed.
First Rule. The first: All judgment laid aside, we ought to have our mind ready and prompt to obey, in all,
the true Spouse of Christ our Lord, which is our holy Mother the Church Hierarchical.
Second Rule. The second: To praise confession to a Priest, and the reception of the most Holy Sacrament of
the Altar once in the year, and much more each month, and much better from week to week, with the
conditions required and due.
Third Rule. The third: To praise the hearing of Mass often, likewise hymns, psalms, and long prayers,
in the church and out of it; likewise the hours set at the time fixed for each Divine Office and for all prayer
and all Canonical Hours.
Fourth Rule. The fourth: To praise much Religious Orders, virginity and continence, and not so much
marriage as any of these.
Fifth Rule. The fifth: To praise vows of Religion, of obedience, of poverty, of chastity and of other
perfections of supererogation. And it is to be noted that as the vow is about the things which approach to
Evangelical perfection, a vow ought not to be made in the things which withdraw from it, such as to be a
merchant, or to be married, etc.
Sixth Rule. To praise relics of the Saints, giving veneration to them and praying to the Saints; and to praise
Stations, pilgrimages, Indulgences, pardons, Cruzadas, and candles lighted in the churches.
Seventh Rule. To praise Constitutions about fasts and abstinence, as of Lent, Ember Days, Vigils, Friday