Before continuing with the Steps of this Phase, read the Introduction to it.
The end of the retreat
"The Ascension" is the end of the Fourth Phase, but there is still one exercise that will serve as a crowning point of the retreat and as a transition to the aftermath, which we could call also the "Fifth Phase".
St. Ignatius placed the magnificent "Contemplation to Attain the Love of God" after the four phases in the book of the Spiritual Exercises. We see this exercise as an experience of Pentecost, a possibility for a new effusion of the Holy Spirit, which enables us to bring over the graces received in this retreat fruitfully to the rest of our life.
(Picture: the icon of the resurrection)