I gathered all my books about Ignatius, the Spiritual Exercises, and the Jesuits. Well, I don;t think this stack is actually all of my Ignatian books because I have some devotionals as well and maybe one or two on my tablet. This stack numbers 15. I’ve read all but three but I’ve read a few more than once. Actually read is not the best word for the Spiritual Exercises because really you pray through the books. You pray and meditate and ponder and learn and grow. There is no use in trying to skim or rush through them.
They are all great books. My favorite though is my first one, A Spiritual Retreat with St. Ignatius by Manuel Ruiz Jurado, S.J.. If you want to learn how to sit still in prayer, go through Contemplative Retreat by Franz Jalics. When I went through this book I learned how to be still and meditate for 30 minutes. However, like physical muscles, if you don’t use it you lose it!
If you are praying the St. Ignatius Novena, today is Day 4.