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This is Praise Harvest

In Evansville, IN, People of Praise members have turned vacant lots into an urban farm that produces thousands of pounds of vegetables each year for their neighborhood.

Burning with Love for God: A Guide to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

As has been widely reported, the People of Praise uses the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola as a basis for counsel and discernment.

Burning with Love for God: A Guide to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, written by People of Praise members Paul DeCelles and Mary Frances Sparrow and published in 2016, was recently reviewed in the Journal of Jesuit Studies by Francis X. McAloon, S.J.

McAloon writes, "I recommend this unique, yet wholly orthodox, approach to the Spiritual Exercises. Those outside the charismatic community will benefit from reviewing the Spirtitual Exercises from this perspective."¹

Burning with Love for God is addressed to all who want to “live and move and have their being as God’s friend” and presents the Spiritual Exercises as a proven method for growing in love and forging friendship with God.

The topics covered in the book, which include discernment of spirits, decision-making, personal prayer and making meditations on the life of Christ, are all taken up in a careful and clear way that represents the fruit of the authors’ patient scholarship and many years of experience as directors of the Spiritual Exercises. “Paul and Mary Frances have given us a wonderful and profound gift in this deep guide,” said Craig Lent.

Peter Smith, the auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, offered this endorsement:

"Pope Francis has spoken many times about the importance of discernment, of finding and following God’s will, of discovering what the Holy Spirit is doing in our times . . . I hope many Christians will read this book, learn from it how to love God more deeply and personally, and go out into the world to follow Christ wherever he leads.”

Burning with Love for God is available for order on Amazon.


¹McAloon, F.X. (2019, Aug. 22.) Burning with Love for God: A Guide to The Spiritual Exercises, written by Paul C. DeCelles and M.F. Sparrow. Journal of Jesuit Studies, 6(3), 551-554.


  1. Jane A says:

    Thank you for this. Blessings from Scotland ❤❤❤

  2. Rob Whitworth says:

    I am looking at your site because of a new Justice is on our minds.
    I have been a pastor and scholar for over 35 years. After looking through your site I found that judgement left me and I saw that this is the way Jesus taught us all to live.
    Congratulations on finding the way for all of us to live. If only we would.

  3. Kimberly B Durden says:

    I agree with the previous poster...I came here to check out this community because of the Supreme Court nomination. I was curious but I too see wonderful work being done that mirrors the New Testament church. God bless you.

  4. Leigh Frank says:

    At such a time as this....
    I’m so encouraged and excited that POTUS nominated a judge who has this foundation.
    Her relationship with Christ and the movement of the Holy Spirit In her was evident in the Judicial hearings.
    I see the people of praise growing around the country and world because of this nomination.
    Praise be to God!

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