Draw Me Into Your Friendship: A Literal Translation and a Contemporary Reading of the Spiritual Exercises


This book is intended to be a gateway to Saint Ignatius of Loyola's Spiritual Exercises, one of the classics of Christian spirituality. It is a means to make this widely known but difficult text more easily understood by contemporary men and women.

The book is a completely revised version of the author's The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius: A Literal Translation and a Contemporary Reading. In it, a careful literal translation from the original Spanish is placed on parallel pages with the contemporary reading. That reading, in turn, is enriched by the author's nearly twenty-five years of further experience with the Exercises. This new volume thus becomes even more helpful than before to directors of the Exercises, retreatants, and those who wish to become acquainted today with a central text in a great tradition.

Spiritual classics are not meant to be rewritten or tampered with. But the original text of Ignatius presents difficulties of expression, imagery, and even worldview. This present volume is not a commentary on or a substitute for the original; it is, instead, a way of "reading" the author's own text which can draw a person back to the original source.

Fr. David L. Fleming, S.J., holds a doctoral degree in spiritual theology from the Catholic University of America. Currently the editor of Review for Religious, he is well known for his work on the Exercises and as a spiritual mentor and author of articles on prayer, spiritual direction, and retreats.

Author: David L. Fleming, S.J.

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