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The Discernment of Spirits: Setting the Captives Free with Fr. Timothy Gallagher – Serves as an introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Hosted by Kris McGregor, the series is based on the 14 rules for discerning spirits.



Father Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V., was ordained in 1979 as a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, a religious community dedicated to retreats and spiritual formation according to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Fr. Gallagher is featured on the EWTN series “Living the Discerning Life: The Spiritual Teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola”

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The Discernment of Spirits: Setting the Captives Free with Fr. Timothy Gallagher – Serves as an introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Hosted by Kris McGregor, the series is based on the 14 rules for discerning spirits.



Father Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V., was ordained in 1979 as a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, a religious community dedicated to retreats and spiritual formation according to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Fr. Gallagher is featured on the EWTN series “Living the Discerning Life: The Spiritual Teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola”

    DOS#1 Discernment of Spirits w/ Fr. Timothy Gallagher

    DOS#1 Discernment of Spirits w/ Fr. Timothy Gallagher

    Episode 1 The Discernment of Spirits: Setting the Captives Free – Serves as an introduction to the coming series and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola

    The Discernment of Spirits: Setting the Captives Free – Serves as an introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola

    The 14 Rules for Discerning Spirits –

    “The Different Movements Which Are Caused In The Soul”

    as outlined by St. Ignatius of Loyola

    can be found here

    Father Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V., was ordained in 1979 as a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, a religious community dedicated to retreats and spiritual formation according to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.  Fr. Gallagher is featured on the EWTN series “Living the Discerning Life:  The Spiritual Teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola”. 

    For more information on how to obtain copies of Fr. Gallaghers’s various books and audio which are available for purchase, please visit  his  website: www.frtimothygallagher.org

     For the other episodes in this series visit

    Fr. Timothy Gallagher’s “Discerning Hearts” page

    • 28 min
    DOS#2 – The Life of St. Ignatius – Discernment of Spirits w/ Fr. Timothy Gallagher

    DOS#2 – The Life of St. Ignatius – Discernment of Spirits w/ Fr. Timothy Gallagher

    Episode 2 The Discernment of  Spirits: Setting  the Captives Free

    The life of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the foundational elements of the Spiritual Exercises

    The Discernment of Spirits: Setting the Captives Free – Serves as an introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola

    The 14 Rules for Discerning Spirits –

    “The Different Movements Which Are Caused In The Soul”

    as outlined by St. Ignatius of Loyola can be found here

    Father Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V., was ordained in 1979 as a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, a religious community dedicated to retreats and spiritual formation according to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.  Fr. Gallagher is featured on the EWTN series “Living the Discerning Life:  The Spiritual Teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola”. 

    For more information on how to obtain copies of Fr. Gallaghers’s various books and audio which are available for purchase, please visit  his  website: www.frtimothygallagher.org

     For the other episodes in this series visit

    Fr. Timothy Gallagher’s “Discerning Hearts” page

    • 28 min
    DOS#3- The First Rule – Discernment of Spirits w/ Fr. Timothy Gallagher

    DOS#3- The First Rule – Discernment of Spirits w/ Fr. Timothy Gallagher

    Episode 3 -The First Rule:

    In the persons who go from mortal sin to mortal sin, the enemy is commonly used to propose to them apparent pleasures, making them imagine sensual delights and pleasures in order to hold them more and make them grow in their vices and sins. In these persons the good spirit uses the opposite method, pricking them and biting their consciences through the process of reason.

    The Discernment of Spirits: Setting the Captives Free – Serves as an introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola

    The 14 Rules for Discerning Spirits –

    “The Different Movements Which Are Caused In The Soul”

    as outlined by St. Ignatius of Loyola can be found here

    Father Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V., was ordained in 1979 as a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, a religious community dedicated to retreats and spiritual formation according to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.  Fr. Gallagher is featured on the EWTN series “Living the Discerning Life:  The Spiritual Teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola”. 

    For more information on how to obtain copies of Fr. Gallaghers’s various books and audio which are available for purchase, please visit  his  website: www.frtimothygallagher.org

     For the other episodes in this series visit

    Fr. Timothy Gallagher’s “Discerning Hearts” page

    • 28 min
    DOS#4 – The Second Rule – Discernment of Spirits w/ Fr. Timothy Gallagher

    DOS#4 – The Second Rule – Discernment of Spirits w/ Fr. Timothy Gallagher

    Episode 4 -The Second Rule:

    In the persons who are going on intensely cleansing their sins and rising from good to better in the service of God our Lord, it is the method contrary to that in the first Rule, for then it is the way of the evil spirit to bite, sadden and put obstacles, disquieting with false reasons, that one may not go on; and it is proper to the good to give courage and strength, consolations, tears, inspirations and quiet, easing, and putting away all obstacles, that one may go on in well-doing.

    The Discernment of Spirits: Setting the Captives Free – Serves as an introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola

    The 14 Rules for Discerning Spirits –

    “The Different Movements Which Are Caused In The Soul”

    as outlined by St. Ignatius of Loyola can be found here

    Father Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V., was ordained in 1979 as a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, a religious community dedicated to retreats and spiritual formation according to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.  Fr. Gallagher is featured on the EWTN series “Living the Discerning Life:  The Spiritual Teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola”. 

    For more information on how to obtain copies of Fr. Gallaghers’s various books and audio which are available for purchase, please visit  his  website: www.frtimothygallagher.org

     For the other episodes in this series visit

    Fr. Timothy Gallagher’s “Discerning Hearts” page

    • 28 min
    DOS#5 The Third Rule – Discernment of Spirits w/ Fr. Timothy Gallagher

    DOS#5 The Third Rule – Discernment of Spirits w/ Fr. Timothy Gallagher

    Episode 5 -The Third Rule:

    Of Spiritual Consolation. I call it consolation when some interior movement in the soul is caused, through which the soul comes to be inflamed with love of its Creator and Lord; and when it can in consequence love no created thing on the face of the earth in itself, but in the Creator of them all.

    Likewise, when it sheds tears that move to love of its Lord, whether out of sorrow for one’s sins, or for the Passion of Christ our Lord, or because of other things directly connected with His service and praise.

    Finally, I call consolation every increase of hope, faith and charity, and all interior joy which calls and attracts to heavenly things and to the salvation of one’s soul, quieting it and giving it peace in its Creator and Lord.

    The Discernment of Spirits: Setting the Captives Free – Serves as an introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola

    The 14 Rules for Discerning Spirits –

    “The Different Movements Which Are Caused In The Soul”

    as outlined by St. Ignatius of Loyola can be found here

    Father Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V., was ordained in 1979 as a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, a religious community dedicated to retreats and spiritual formation according to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.  Fr. Gallagher is featured on the EWTN series “Living the Discerning Life:  The Spiritual Teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola”. 

    For more information on how to obtain copies of Fr. Gallaghers’s various books and audio which are available for purchase, please visit  his  website: www.frtimothygallagher.org

     For the other episodes in this series visit

    Fr. Timothy Gallagher’s “Discerning Hearts” page

    • 28 min
    DOS#6 The Fourth Rule – Discernment of Spirits w/ Fr. Timothy Gallagher

    DOS#6 The Fourth Rule – Discernment of Spirits w/ Fr. Timothy Gallagher

    Episode 6 -The Fourth Rule:

    Of Spiritual Desolation. I call desolation all the contrary of the third rule, such as darkness of soul, disturbance in it, movement to things low and earthly, the unquiet of different agitations and temptations, moving to want of confidence, without hope, without love, when one finds oneself all lazy, tepid, sad, and as if separated from his Creator and Lord.

    Because, as consolation is contrary to desolation, in the same way the thoughts which come from consolation are contrary to the thoughts which come from desolation.

    The Discernment of Spirits: Setting the Captives Free – Serves as an introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola

    The 14 Rules for Discerning Spirits –

    “The Different Movements Which Are Caused In The Soul”

    as outlined by St. Ignatius of Loyola can be found here

    Father Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V., was ordained in 1979 as a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, a religious community dedicated to retreats and spiritual formation according to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.  Fr. Gallagher is featured on the EWTN series “Living the Discerning Life:  The Spiritual Teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola”. 

    For more information on how to obtain copies of Fr. Gallaghers’s various books and audio which are available for purchase, please visit  his  website: www.frtimothygallagher.org

     For the other episodes in this series visit

    Fr. Timothy Gallagher’s “Discerning Hearts” page

    • 28 min

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