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Resources & Books


Resources on Giving the Exercises

  • Stretch for Greater Glory What to Expect from the Spiritual Exercises  George Aschenbrenner, SJ

  • Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises: An Anthology Ed by Jacques Servais, SJ

  • Understanding the Spiritual Exercises Michael Ivens, SJ

  • Draw Me Into Your Friendship: The Spiritual Exercises David Fleming, SJ

  • Burning with Love for God: A Guide to the Spiritual Exercises   DeCelles and Sparrow

  • The Dynamics of the Exercises by Howard Gray Videos

About St. Ignatius

  • The Pilgrim Story: The Life and Spirituality of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. By Brendan Comerford, SJ

  • Saint Ignatius's Own Story (Autobiography). Translated by William J Young, SJ

On Ignatian Prayer Methods

  • Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone. By James. Martin, SJ

  • Meditation and Contemplation: An Ignatian Guide to Praying with Scripture. By Timothy Gallagher, 0MV

  • An Ignatian Introduction to Prayer: Scriptural Reflections According to the Spiritual Exercises.  By Timothy Gallagher, 0MV


On The Examen

  • A Simple Life-changing Prayer: Discovering the power of Saint Ignatius Loyola Examen. By Jim Manney

  • The Examen Prayer: Ignatian Wisdom for Our Lives Today. By Timothy Gallagher 0MV

  • Reimagining the Ignatian Examen. By Mark Thibodeaux, SJ

  • Awareness.  By Anthony De Mello

On Prayer - William Barry, SJ

  • God and You: Prayer as a Personal Relationship. 

  • A Friendship like no other: Experiencing God’s amazing embrace. 

  • God’s passionate desire. 

  • Here’s my heart, here’s my hand: Living fully in friendship with God.

  • Praying the Truth: Deepening your friendship with God through Honest Prayer. 

  • Seek My Face: Prayer as a personal relationship in Scripture. 

  • Discernment In Prayer Paying Attention to Go.  

On Ignatian Spirituality

  • What Is Ignatian Spirituality? By David Fleming, SJ

  • The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything. By James Martin, SJ

  • Ignatian Spirituality A to Z. By Jim Manney

  • Contemplatives in Action: The Jesuit way. By William Barry, SJ

  • Inner compass: Invitation to Ignatian Spirituality. By Margaret Silf

  • Eyes to see ears to hear: An introduction to Ignatian Spirituality. By David Longsdale

  • An Ignatian Spirituality Reader: Contemporary writings. George W Traub SJ editor

  • Ignatian Humanism: A Dynamic Spirituality for the 21st C. Ronald Modras

  • Ignatian Christian Life: A New Paradign. by Rosano Zas Frix De Col, SJ

  • The Ignatian Way: A Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of St. Ignatius. Jose Louis Iriberri, SJ and Chris Lowney


On Finding God

  • Finding God in all Things:  A Companion to the Spiritual Exercises of St.  Ignatius. By William Barry, SJ

  • How Can I Find God: The famous and not so famous consider the quintessential question. Ed. James Martin, SJ

  • Finding God Again: Spirituality for Adults. by John J. Shea


  • Hearts on Fire: Praying with the Jesuits. by Michael Carter SJ

  • Awake My Soul: Contemporary Catholics on Traditional Devotions. by James Martin, SJ


On Discernment​ -Thomas Gallagher, OMV

  • The Discernment of Spirits: The Ignatian guide for everyday living. 

  • The Discernment of Spirits: The Ignatian guide for everyday living - Reader's Guide.

  • Spiritual Consolation: An Ignatian Guide for the Greater Discernment of Spirits. 

  • Setting Captives Free: Personal Reflections on Ignatian Discernment of Spirits. 


 On Finding God's Will - Making Decisions 

  • Discerning the Will of God. An Ignatian Guide to Christian Decision Making. by Thomas Gallagher OMV

  • God's Voice Within: The Ignatian Way to Discover God's Will. by Mark Thibodeaux, SJ

  • What’s Your Decision? An Ignatian approach to decision-making. by Tim Hipskind, Sj et al

  • Living Against the Grain: How to make decisions that lead to an authentic life. by Tim Muldoon.

  • Discernment: The Art of Choosing Well Based upon Ignatian Spirituality. by Pierre Wolff

  • The Art of Discernment: Making Good Decisions in Your World of Choices. by Stefan Kiechle

  • Discernment. Reading the Signs of Daily Life. by Henri JM Nouwen

  • The Call to Discernment in Troubled Times. by Dean Brackley

Recommended if one is considering receiving the Spiritual Exercises.

  • Letting God Come Close: An Approach to the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. by William Barry, SJ


The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola (English translations from the original text  - used by directors in giving one-on-one Spiritual Exercises in the 30 days or 30 weeks [19th Annot.])

  • The Spiritual Exercises by St. Ignatius of Loyola by transl. Puhl

The 19 Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola 

(text used by the director in giving the Spiritual Exercises with weekly spiritual direction sessions)

  • The Ignatian Adventure. by Kevin O’Brien, SJ 

  • The Gift of Spiritual Intimacy: Following the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius by Monty Wiliam, SJ

18th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius for Self-Directed Retreats (can be used alone or in a parish group setting, and in one-on-one weekly spiritual direction sessions)

  • Retreat with the Lord: A Popular Guide to the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola by John A. Hardon, SJ

  • A Do It At Home Retreat: The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola by Andre Ravier, SJ

  • 30 Days - Ascending with Ignatius: An At-Home Retreat (Book and YouTube Videos)  by Mark. Thibodeaux, SJ​​

  • 12 weeks -Finding Christ in the World: A twelve-week Ignatian Retreat in Everyday Life. By Joseph Tetlow, SJ and Carol Atwell Ackels

  • 8 weeks - Meeting Christ in Prayer: An 8-week life-enriching experience based upon the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius. By Mary Ann McLaughlin et al.

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