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

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David L. Fleming, S.J.
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302 pp, index
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Draw Me into Your Friendship is a gateway to Ignatius’s Spiritual Exercises that combines a literal translation from the Spanish with a contemporary interpretation enriched by the author’s 25 years of experience with the Exercises. For example, where Ignatius prescribes the first exercise of the day at “midnight,” the author explains, “‘Midnight’ does not describe actual time, but rather indicates that the prayer period should be after an initial experience of deep sleep…. It is at this time when both body and mind are relaxed and quiet that the prayer period can be very fruitful”. This volume is designed to serve directors of the Spiritual Exercises, retreatants, and modern readers who wish to become better acquainted with the classic text.


Editorial Reviews

"Draw Me Into Your Friendship is a marvel: a translation into modern terms of the Spiritual Exercises, which stands side-by-side on the page with St. Ignatius’s original text.  In this way one can appropriate, deepen or explain some concepts that might prove difficult for the modern retreatant without sacrificing any of Ignatius’s original intent.  As a [spiritual] director, it is an invaluable resource.  Dave was also incredibly generous to me in my writing, and helped to deepen my understanding of Ignatian." 

     -James Martin, S.J., author of A Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything



Author's Preface

Preliminary Observations

The First Week

The Second Week

The Third Week

The Fourth Week

Supplementary Material

General Index


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  • 5
    Draw Me Into Your Friendship

    Posted by Phyllis Wight on Nov 3rd 2023

    I am currently taking part in "Seel", Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life at my church. This book gives me not only a contemporary reading of the exercises, but also the words of St. Ignatius of Loyola. So helpful.

  • 5
    Great help

    Posted by Debra Skaggs on Sep 4th 2023

    This book was a great help to me in understanding the Spiritual Exercises by putting the text into words that I could more easily relate to and understand.

  • 5
    This is an excellent text to use when directing someone through the Spiritual Exercises. After the person has completed the Exercises, give him/her this copy to have with them to use in the future. The text includes a copy of the 'original' text as

    Posted by Br. Darrell J. Burns, S,J, on Apr 27th 2022


  • 5
    I purchase this book for those who are making the Spiritual Exercises under my direction.

    Posted by Sister Mary Ann Corr on Jan 31st 2022

    This is a great book to understand St. Ignatius Loyola because the author explains the words of Ignatius.

  • 5
    Draw me into Your Friendship

    Posted by Eric Nubla on Feb 27th 2021

    A great help in one’s reading of the Spiritual Exercises. It has helped pray . Helped me appreciate St Ignatius’ insights on a serious and determined following of Jesus

  • 5

    Posted by Sue Owens on Dec 31st 2020

    Enjoying reading this book. It’s really helping me to understand Ignatian spirituality better.

  • 5
    Draw Me into YOur Friendship.

    Posted by Julie Guest on Dec 10th 2020

    This version of the Ignatian Exercises includes a contemporary reading alongside a literal translation. The contemporary reading is written in such a way that is does indeed Draw one into Friendship with the souce of Love . In using as tool to guide people on their own Ignatian journey I find it invaluable.

  • 5
    Draw Me Into Your Friendship

    Posted by Gregory Conderacci on Aug 18th 2020

    I used this book on a recent 30-day Ignatian retreat and found it very valuable. I had two other translations with me and this one was, by far, the most accessible. I felt it brought Ignatius' thinking powerfully into a modern context.

  • 5
    Great when doing the 19th annotation

    Posted by Unknown on Jan 9th 2020

    I am doing the 19th annotation and have found this book very helpful. On the left side of the page is the "literal" translation, followed by the "contemporary" translation on the right.