Check out these books for your reflection and spiritual growth:

Ignatian Retreat (Book on tape)

Fr. Donald McGuire, S.J.Fr. McGuire, one of the premier retreat masters in the country and the Spiritual Director for Mother Teresa and for her Missionaries of Charity, gives a life-changing retreat on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. He helps the retreatant to delve deeply into the profound mysticism of the Spiritual Exercises, and to grasp the key principles of the spiritual life, including Sin, Knowing Yourself, Penance, Conversion, Prayer, Holiness and Spiritual Freedom.


Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

From his experiences in solitary prayer, St. Ignatius wrote a handbook for retreats called the Spiritual Exercises. These “exercises for the soul” lead the follower of Christ from self will and excessive attachment into the freedom of the sons of God: freedom to know and do the will of God. Under the guidance of Fr. Raymond Gawronski, S.J., the viewers of this 13 part series can make the actual Ignatian retreat, covering all the major points of the Spiritual Exercises.


In God’s Army, Commanders in Chief (Book on tape)

Fr. C.C. Martindale, S.J. Character studies of St. Ignatius and St. Francisc Xavier. Read by Al Cavaia


Ignatius of Loyola

This excellent biographical profile of St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuits, weaves together excepts from his writings, dramatic artwork, expert commentary and compelling narrative that focuses on his relevance for our contemporary world. Four hundred years after his death, Ignatius’ spiritual legacy is very much alive, especially in his “spiritual exercises” used by multitudes to this day.


Loving the Church

Retreat to John Paul II and the Papal Household Cardinal Christoph Schvnborn In this series of retreat meditations preached to Pope John Paul II and the papal household during a Lenten retreat, Cardinal Christoph Schvnborn uses the Catechism of the Catholic Church (of which he was the general editor) and Sacred Scripture to lead us to a deeper union with Christ by helping us to understand and love the Church, His bride. To love the Church, which the Catechism calls “a living communion with Jesus Christ”, we must see her with the eyes of Jesus, who “loved the Church and gave Himself up for her.” As he draws us into a deeper understanding of the Church, who she is and where the deepest wellsprings of her being lie are the theme of his meditations. He also illustrates many points by using the thoughts of the new doctor of the Church, St. Thirhse of Lisieux. She found her vocation to be “love in the heart of the Church” and can offer us a renewed and vital vision of the Church. “It is an awesome task to preach a retreat in the presence of the Pope. Cardinal Schvnborn does it successfully by presenting the methods of St. Ignatius Loyola’s famous retreat in a fresh way using the new Catechism, the Bible, and St. Thirhse of Lisieux.” – Fr. Ken Baker, S.J., Editor, Homiletic and Pastoral Review Cardinal Christoph Schvnborn is the Archbishop of Vienna, Austria. He was the general editor of the Catechism of the Catholic Church , and is the author of God’s Human Face and Living the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Sewn Softcover


St. Ignatius of Loyola

The Pilgrim Years James Brodrick, S.J. It is generally agreed among his foes no less than among his friends that Ignatius of Loyola was a maker of history. A hundred books could be cited in proof of this statement, but the aim of this classic work is rather to show history and the grace of God forming the person of St. Ignatius. In this definitive biographical work, Fr. Brodrick combines scholarly research with a readable, enjoyable style in a book that endeavors to show the stages by which God led the wounded cavalier out of his dream-world of romantic battles in the service of fair ladies into the noontide of divine reality. “The Pilgrimage”, as he liked to call the difficult period of his spiritual apprenticeship, began when he was thirty and lasted for seventeen years of endless and often very moving trials. Out of it emerged a man completely transformed in Christ, one of the great saints in the history of the Church. Includes maps and index. Fr. James Brodrick, S.J. , is considered by many as the greatest Jesuit historian, and author of important classic works on Jesuit history and saints. He is the author of definitive biographies of St. Robert Bellarmine and St. Peter Canisius, and also the well-regarded works, The Origin of the Jesuits and The Progress of the Jesuits. Sewn Softcover


Set All Afire

A Novel of St. Francis Xavier Louis de Wohl Saint Francis Xavier’s life is, in itself, a dramatic story. With humility and deep religious conviction, the famous Catholic novelist Louis de Wohl takes us into the mind and heart of this great missionary and saint who went by order of St. Ignatius of Loyola to “set all afire” in the Orient. Louis de Wohl captivates the reader as he follows Xavier’s life from student days in Paris, through his meeting with Ignatius, his rather reluctant conversion, and his travels as one of the first Jesuits. The story takes the reader from Europe to Goa, India, Malaysia, Japan, and finally, to an island off the coast of China, where the exiled Xavier dies virtually alone. The book captures the dramatic struggles and inspiring zeal of this remarkable saint, giving at the same time an enthralling picture of the age in which he lived. “… written with fine understanding … Xavier’s generosity speaks to every age, and seldom so clearly and compellingly as in this book.” — New York Times Book Review, “Francis Xavier took the admonition to go to all nations seriously. His life remains one of the lessons of what it means to leave all to follow Christ, that nothing else profits a man but this. De Wohl’s novel brings the drama of Xavier alive again to a point where we can begin to catch the flavor of Xavier’s zeal and drama.” — James V. Schall, S.J., Georgetown University Born in Germany in 1903, Louis de Wohl was a distinguished and internationally respected Catholic writer whose books on Catholic saints were best-sellers worldwide. Sixteen of his books were made into films. Pope John XXIII conferred on him the title of Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great. Sewn Softcover


Do It at Home Retreat

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Fr. AndrĂ© Ravier, S.J. This book is a most helpful and careful guide to anyone who desires to make an Ignatian retreat but is unable to make the Spiritual Exercises in a normal retreat. It is designed for those who want sincerely to place themselves `face to face’ with God so as to order their lives along his loving designs. Fr. Ravier is an expert retreat master who has been giving Ignatian retreats for over 30 years. “A superb book that provides excellent guidance for making the Spiritual Exercises on one’s own. Ravier’s clear and practical book answers a long felt need for a one volume guide to finding the will of God in the disposition of our life.” — Fr. John Hardon, S.J. Author, The Catholic Catechism “There is an urgent need for a `Do-It-At-Home’ Ignatian retreat. That need is beautifully met by Fr. Ravier. This book makes it possible for millions of Catholics to enter into the `interior castle’ of Christian mysticism. Those who thirst for a drink of holiness and mystical experience can now find it in this Ignatian retreat manual.” — Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J., Editor, Homiletic and Pastoral Review “Fr. Ravier’s book will be most helpful for anyone who wants to attempt the richness of a retreat with the Spiritual Exercises by following his guidance. It will also be of great use to retreat masters themselves.” — Fr. James V. Schall, S.J., Georgetown University AndrĂ© Ravier, S.J., is a widely respected spiritual writer, retreat master and Church historian in Europe. He has written other works on lives of the saints and on spirituality, his most recent being Francis de Sales: Sage and Saint , St. Jeanne de Chantal , and St. Bruno the Carthusian . Sewn Softcover Other books by Fr. Andre Ravier, S.J. .


Vacation With The Lord

Fr. Thomas Green, S.J. Fr. Thomas Green, S.J., draws on his vast background as a retreat master and spiritual writer to make available to a much wider audience the retreat experience based on the classic Spiritual Exercises by St. Ignatius of Loyola. While many scholarly and professional treatments have been done on the Spiritual Exercises, for the “grassroots Catholic”, St. Ignatius’ classic is often too mechanical and hard to grasp. This book can be used in may ways. It can be used by retreat directors for one-to-one direction of retreatants; by retreatants making a retreat with a director; or by more experienced retreatants who wish to be “alone with the Lord”. In addition, this work can be used for a closed retreat of eight days as broken down in the chapters. Or it could be used for a “retreat in daily life” where a person could devote 30 to 60 minutes a day to the themes of this book and prolong the retreat over several weeks or months. “Fr. Green has a profound grasp of the heart of St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and he has the talent to express it in simple words that all can understand. With his clear language he makes the power and wisdom of the Ignatian Exercises accessible to all who want to make a retreat.” -Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J. , Author, Inside the Bible Fr. Thomas Green, S.J. , is a well-known spiritual writer and retreat master with several books published on the spiritual life, including Drinking from the Well and Prayer and Common Sense . Sewn Softcover


St. Ignatius and the Company of Jesus

August Derleth This Vision book for youth 9 – 15 years old tells the exciting, dramatic story of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the order he founded, the Society of Jesus. As a young man, Ignatius had dreams of an adventurous life as a soldier. His dreams, however, did not come true the way he had hoped. Seriously wounded in battle, the soldier Ignatius had a profound conversion to Christ during his period of healing and recovery. He abandoned a promising career in the military and dedicated the rest of his life to the service of Christ and the Church. This book tells of his starting one of the most influential orders in the church, and gives a graphic account of his adventures, his many encounters with popes, kings and emperors, and the great work the Jesuits did in spreading the Gospel. Illustrated Sewn Softcover


The Perfect Joy of St Francis

A Novel Felix Timmermans In this classic, Felix Timmermans reveals a deep understanding and penetrating interpretation of the man Francis and the ideals that enabled him to move and to shake the whole world. Filled with humor, pathos and a strange kind of beauty, it is a combination of artistry, poetry and simplicity that plumbs the soul of Saint Francis. Here is the whole Francis, the poet, the ascetic, the stigmatist, the servant of the poor and the lepers, the miracle worker. But above all, here is the spirit of St. Francis “told as lyrically and simply as the hymns and words of Francis himself in a book that communicates the joy of St. Francis.” ” A perfect joy of a book!” – Books on Trial “One of the classic lives of St. Francis. I recall being deeply moved and encouraged in my own vocation by reading this book decades ago. Congratulations to Ignatius Press for making it available to readers today.” -Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., Author, Arise from Darkness Sewn Softcover

Chesterton Vol. 2: St. Francis, Everlasting Man, St. Thomas

G.K. Chesterton This volume contains three of Chesterton’s greatest classics on Catholic philosophy and spirituality. It includes The Everlasting Man , possibly his greatest work, which gives an Incarnational view of world history, and two of the finest biographies written of St. Thomas and St. Francis.

The Lessons of St. Francis; How to Bring Simplicity and Spirituality Into Your Daily Life

Language: English

Journey Out of the Garden; St. Francis of Assisi and the Process of Individuation

Language: English

St. Francis of Assisi; 1182-1226

Series: Saints Alive
Language: English

St. Francis of Assisi; Writings for a Gospel Life

Series: Crossroad Spiritual Legacy

Francis and Clare, Saints of Assisi

Helen Walker Homan A Vision Book about St. Francis and St. Clare, the two very popular saints of Assisi. Helen Homan has captured all the excitement and beauty of the lives of these saints from their childhood growing up together in Assisi to their profound conversion and lifelong influence–indeed centuries-long influence–on the whole world through their radical living of the Gospel and founding of two great religious orders, the Franciscans and the Poor Clares. Combining the stories of Francis and Clare in one volume makes for a book that will be of great interest to both boys and girls of a wide age span. Illustrated. Sewn Softcover

Francis: The Knight of Assisi

This is the captivating story of St. Francis, a brave young man who felt that God had given him a very special mission that would require a supreme act of courage. For the love of God, his King, Francis gave up all that he had – wealth, fame, friends, and even family – to help reunite and strengthen the Church.

Brother Leo Remembers Francis

Series: Companions of St. Francis of Assisi
Language: English

A Dwelling Place Within; 60 Reflections from the Writings of St. Francis

Series: Saints Speak Today
Language: English

The Living Nativity; The Story of St. Francis and the Christmas Manger

Language: English


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