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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Recommended Jesuit Readings

1. God and You, William Barry, S.J.
2. Eyes to See, Ears to Hear: An Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality, David Lonsdale
3. Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits, Michael G. Harter, SJ, ed.
4. Inner Compass, Margaret Silf
5. Contemplatives in Action: The Jesuit Way, William A. Barry, SJ & Robert G. Doherty, SJ
6. Pedro Arrupe: Essential Writings, Kevin F. Burke, SJ ed.
7. All Saints: Daily Reflection on Saints, Prophets and Witnesses for Our Time, Robert Ellsberg
8. The First Jesuit: St. Ignatius Loyola, Mary Purcell
9. He Leadeth Me, Walter Ciszek, SJ
10. The First Jesuits, John O’Malley, SJ
11. A Pilgrim's Journey: The Autobiography of Ignatius of Loyola, Joseph Tylenda, SJ
12. Bread of Life, Cup of Salvation: Understanding the Mass, John F. Baldovin, SJ
13. A Faith You Can Live With: Understanding the Basics, John O'Donnell, SJ
14. Living Justice: Catholic Social Teaching in Action, Thomas Massaro, SJ
15. The Mystery of Faith: An Introduction to Catholicism, Michael J. Himes
16. Who is Jesus? Why Is He Important? An Introduction to the New Testament, Daniel J. Harrington, SJ


  1. Hello, Father John.

    My name is Age and I'd like to know if any of the books that you listed above directly deal with the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. I have been going over a translation of the original Exercises, but I am looking for something that will help bridge the gap between the original and a modern lay persons needs for practicing them.

    Thank you.

  2. Dear Age, the book that would best suit your purposes would be the Lonsdale book, "Eyes to See, Ears to Hear." This deals with the Exercises. Dave Fleming also has a book on the dynamics of the Exercises. You might also check out a book called "Moment by Moment." This book is a way of making a version of the 19th anotation of the Exercises over a period of 7-9 months or so. For a modern translation of the full Exercises, I would suggest Dave Fleming's version, which contains his strict translation from the orginal Spanish texts alongside a translation that is designed for contemporary audiences. We can discuss this more.