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. https://doi.org/10.1163/22141332-00603006-20