After the Exercises

Some Ignatian Spirituality Practices & Resources

A good book - one with a title that appeals - can be an excellent companion. Keep a book or books handy for reading whatever meets your needs at the time: biographies of saints, books about prayer, or about spirituality. A small library is available at the Center for Ignatian Spirituality.

Read and pray with Scriptures, as during The Exercises

  • A handy resource that comes in the mail: a 4 ¼ X 5" monthly booklet, Living with Christ, which has all the Scripture readings used for Mass, and some small bits of commentary.
  • An alternative means for finding Scripture passages: Choose one of the four Gospels, and use one story at a time; or, use Psalms; or, use your handouts from The Exercises; or, find "special" Scripture references from your journal.
  • Sacred Space is one of the best online aids for praying with Scripture.

Saint Ignatius' strongest recommendation

Take some time each day to reflect on what has taken place, in order to recognize where God was active. This is a practical means for continuing the "Contemplation for Love" in daily life. Review handout notes on the Examen (p. 140) from The Exercises, or see Awareness Reflection.

  • Another means of reflecting is to keep a journal about spiritual experiences.
  • Faith-sharing in a small group who meet once or twice a month, for no more than an hour, can be very supportive of nurturing the spirit. The Center has some written materials for groups, and one group meets regularly at the Center.
  • Make use of a spiritual director or faith-guide. Some people are greatly helped in continuing to grow in their relationship with God by occasionally talking with one other trusted person specifically about their experiences of spirituality. 

We wish to assist in any way that we can!

- Randy Roche, SJ

Our List of Books

  • A Simple Life-changing Prayer – Discovering the Power of St. Ignatius Loyola's Examen, Jim Manney
  • Finding God in Each Moment: The Practice of Discernment in Everyday Life, Carol Ann Smith, SHCJ, and Eugene F. Merz, SJ. This book is designed specifically for those who have made The Exercises, and wish "for help with discernment, how to attend to the Spirit as she is poured out in their relationships and daily lives" (Smith and Merz, p. 8). The Center for Ignatian Spirituality provides copies for those who complete The Exercises.
  • An Ignatian Introduction to Prayer, Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V.
  • Making Choices in Christ: The Foundations of Ignatian Spirituality, Joseph Tetlow, SJ
  • Putting on the Heart of Christ (How the Spiritual Exercises Invite us to a Virtuous Life), Gerald M. Fagin, S.J.
  • Surprised by Joy, C.S. Lewis
  • Tattoos on the Heart, and Barking at the Choir, Greg Boyle, SJ
  • The Discernment of Spirits (An Ignatian Guide to Everyday Living) by Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V. God's Passionate Desire (and Our Response,) William Barry, SJ
  • The Ignatian Way: Key Aspects of Jesuit Spirituality, Charles J. Healey, SJ
  • The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, James Martin, SJ
  • What's Your Decision? (How to Make Choices with Confidence and Clarity), J. Michael Sparough, SJ, Jim Manney, SJ and Tim Hipskind, SJ.

Updated 06/26/18