Grace Upon Grace


Savouring the Spiritual Exercises through the Arts

by: Marlene Marburg

Publish date: 30/8/2019
Pages: 220
Publisher: Morning Star Publishing
Dimensions: 148 x 210 mm
ISBN: 9780648453864

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Grace upon Grace: Savouring the Spiritual Exercises through the Arts is a contemporary, gender-inclusive retreat of the full Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius. The 30-week retreat in daily life has been developed for both retreatant and retreat-giver (spiritual director) as a fresh and creative adaptation of the original Spiritual Exercises, and for those who recognise that poetry, art, movement and music gently hold the sacred Mystery in a way that cannot otherwise be expressed. Grace upon Grace also offers an eight-day Ignatian retreat. The book uniquely focuses on the arts especially poetry which is included in all sections of the book.
The spiritual directors and their retreatants who have used this text in its developmental stages, have found themselves writing their own poetry as prayer.

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Dr Marlene Marburg is a co-founder of Kardia Formation based in Melbourne, Australia. Kardia’s program Heart Wisdom is recognised by the Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction as a formation program for spiritual directors and facilitators of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius. Marlene is a spiritual director, formator of spiritual directors, retreat facilitator and poet. Her poetry has been published in newspapers, journals and magazines including The Melbourne Age, Earthsong, and Eureka Street, and she has contributed to many poetry and non-fiction anthologies. Marlene companions people from the perspective that life is an invitation to authenticity, interior freedom, and loving service.

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3 reviews for Grace Upon Grace

  1. Rev William Barry SJ, author of Letting God Come Close.

    Marlene is the first to take seriously the use of poetry as a way of making the Spiritual Exercises.

  2. Margaret Silf, speaker and retreat director and author of Born to Fly: a Handbook for Butterflies in Waiting.

    I am very familiar with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, but the invitation offered by this book opened doors that I did not even know were there in the walls of my understanding and perception. Dr. Marburg has drawn together an astonishingly original landscape of prayer through which she invites us to encounter more deeply the Mystery in whom we live and move and have our being. This landscape comprises words, movement, poetry, image, music, ideas and responses while remaining faithful to the spirit and structure of the Ignatian Exercises. A remarkable achievement that will become a powerful personal guide to many who long to take their inner journey to a deeper level.

  3. Maureen Conroy RSM, PhD,

    I feel privileged to experience the expansiveness, depth and power of ‘felt knowledge’ and creative poetic talent. It is a great contribution to the fields of spirituality, psychological and spiritual healing, and spiritual direction.

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