Church of the Resurrection

Transformation Intensive Resources

Meet with an experienced Spiritual Director

Meet with a spiritual director once a month. Usually fees range from $30 - $80 a session. For a copy of Church of the Resurrection’s Spiritual Director Referral list, email

Go on a personal retreat

Arrange a private retreat, or a retreat with a group of friends. The following document lists many retreat center options in the Midwest.

If you want help to arrange a retreat, contact Deacon Jennifer Kang,

How to be an Active Contemplative

Cool apps for phones and tablets

Pray As You Go – daily ten minute guided lectio divina / imaginative prayer / daily examen

Midwest Jesuits – daily Gospel readings / virtual prayer cards and more

Reimagining the Examen – thirty creative examen prayers / music for meditation

Websites - same thing as the Pray As You Go app, but available on-line - vast collection of resources for all things Ignatian -  daily office lectionary readings from the Book of Common Prayer

Books to pray with

The Still Point: A Literary Guide to Ordinary Time by Sarah Arthur (the church year starts Ordinary Time after Trinity Sunday—5/22 this year)

Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity by Ronald Rolheiser

The Way of Trust and Love: A Retreat Guided by St. Theresa of Lisieux by Jacques Philippe

Reimagining the Ignatian Examen: Fresh Ways to Pray from Your Day by Mark E. Thibodeaux


Barry, William. Finding God in All Things: A companion to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2009.

Bergan, Jacqueline Syrup, and Sister Marie Schwan. Forgiveness: A Guide for Prayer. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2004.

Bergan, Jacqueline Syrup, and Sister Marie Schwan. Love: A Guide for Prayer. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2004.

Cepero, Helen. Journaling as a Spiritual Practice. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2008.

English, John. Spiritual Freedom: From and Experience of the Ignatian Exercises to the Art of Spiritual Direction. Loyola Press, 1995.

Fleming, David L, SJ. Draw Me Into Your Friendship: A Literal Translation and a Contemporary Reading of the Spiritual Exercises. St. Louis: Institute of Jesuit Resources, 1996.

Gallagher, Timothy. M. Meditation and Contemplation: An Ignatian Guide to Praying with Scripture. New York: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 2008.

Ganss, George, SJ. The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius: A Translation and Commentary. Chicago: Loyola Press, 1992.

Harter, Michael, ed. Hearts on Fire: Praying with the Jesuits. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2004.

Ignatius of Loyola. A Pilgrim’s Journey: Autobiography of Ignatius of Loyola. San Francisco: Loyola Press, 2001.

Modras, Ronald. Ignatian Humanism: a Dynamic Spirituality for the 21st Century. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2004.

Nouwen, Henri. Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World, New York: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1992.

Pungente, John, and Monty Williams. Finding God in the Dark: Taking the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola to the Movies. Boston, MA: Pauline Press and Media, 2004.

Silf, Margaret. Inner Compass: An Invitation to Ignatian Spirituality. Chicago: Loyola Press, 1999.

Silf, Margaret. Wayfaring: A Gospel Journey in Everyday Life. Notre Dame, Indiana: Sorin Books, 2009.

Tetlow, Joseph. Choosing Christ in the World. St. Louis, MO: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1999.

Tetlow, Joseph. Making Choices in Christ: The Foundation of Ignatian Spirituality. Chicago: Loyola University Press, 2008.

George Traub, An Ignatian Spirituality Reader. Chicago: Loyola Univ. Press, 2008.

Sayers, Dorothy. The Man Born To Be King: A Play-Cycle on the Life of our Lord Jesus Christ - 1943. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1990.

Sparough, J. Michael, SJ, Jim Manney, and Tim Hipskind, SJ. What’s Your Decision? How To Make Choices with Confidence and Clarity. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2010.

Thibodeaux, Mark. Reimagining the Ignatian Examen. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2015.

Wakefield, James. Sacred Listening: Discovering the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola. Grand Rapids, MI:Baker Books,  2006.

Warner, Larry. Journey with Jesus: Discovering the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2010.