Papal praise for group promoting spiritual exercises
March 03, 2014
Pope Francis met on March 3 with representatives of the Italian Federation of Spiritual Exercises (FIES), a group that is marking its 50th anniversary.
In his remarks to the group, the Pope remarked that spiritual exercises are “an invitation to an experience of God, of his love and beauty.” He praised the group for its devotion to spiritual exercises, and encouraged pastors to support their work.
“However, we must never forget that the true agent of spiritual life is the Holy Spirit, Who supports our initiatives for good and our prayers,” the Pope said. The fundamental purpose of the spiritual exercises, he said, is to promote “an unconditional adhesion to Christ and a help in understanding that prayer is the irreplaceable means of union with Christ crucified.”