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Never Alone

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 05:30

By Becky Eldredge

What comforts me the most in my life is the fact that I am not left on my own to figure out things. One of the many things that Ignatian spirituality continues to teach me is that I am never alone. I am not alone in growing in my relationship with God. I am not alone in making any decisions. I am not alone in walking through both the joys of life and the heartbreaking [...]

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The Awareness Prayer

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 05:30

By Barbara Lee

This post is based on Week Two of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. What does it mean to “find God in all things”? We’re all familiar with spiritual literature that speaks of finding God in nature, in art, in the birth of a child, and in many other concrete examples of creation—most of which we take for granted. The graces we pray for each day this week of our Ignatian Prayer Adventure emphasize a much deeper [...]

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Landscape, History, and Faith

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 05:30

By Vinita Hampton Wright

My husband and I recently toured Morocco for two weeks. We were with a small group of people, a guide, and a driver. I recommend this mode of tourism in a country whose language you don’t speak. This trip was a years-long dream for me, and I was not disappointed. Our guide was Berber, having grown up in a village in the Atlas Mountains. He was also Muslim, and it was a great gift to [...]

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We Are Such a Mix

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 05:30

By Mary Ellen Smajo

Each year at the start of Lent, I notice again my need for God’s grace to bring me back from all the ways I’ve wandered away or gotten lost. These poems describe three of those experiences. Sometimes I Feel So Frail sometimes I feel so frail; and what does God do but win with a look my wonder, will, all; again; You have made it all as You have made it, and built us to [...]

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Love and Freedom

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 05:30

By Barbara Lee

This post is by Barbara Lee, author of God Isn’t Finished with Me Yet: Discovering the Spiritual Graces of Later Life, as she begins An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. “I have called you by name, you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1). The prophet introduces us to a God whose love is tender and intimate, a love that was manifested at the moment when we received the names that tell us who we are. At Baptism, God called [...]

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Letting This Lent Be God’s

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 05:30

By Marina McCoy

What if this Lent we didn’t approach the practices of prayer, almsgiving, and fasting with an eye to what we can do to transform ourselves, but rather with an eye to what God wants to do in order to transform us? Too often we approach Lent as though it were a series of New Year’s resolutions: to give up a particular bad habit, or share more with the poor, or be more faithful to prayer. [...]

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God in the Mess

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 05:30

By Cara Callbeck

In my early 20s, I had my life all planned out. I pictured living with my husband and three very well-behaved children who played the cello on an acreage out East within a short commute from work, school, and church. My best friend assured me that she would take my kids once in while to go play in the mud, because she knew I would never be able to handle that sort of mess. I [...]

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How Well Do You Know Pope Francis?

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

Five years ago, Pope Francis was elected to lead the Catholic Church. In that time, how much have you learned about the first Jesuit Pope? Loyola Press challenges you to take a fun, 10-question quiz: How Well Do You Know Pope Francis? The quiz is part of a collection of resources to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’s election in March. Before you take the quiz, you might brush up on a few facts [...]

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Hooked by a Choice

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 05:30

By Loretta Pehanich

I’ve played a video game where you get points for hooking all kinds of fish. Accidentally catch the old shoe or tin can and points count against you. I love the metaphor of Jesus as the living water. I want to be immersed in God’s great love, swimming like a fish with the flow of God’s direction, and I use my imagination to contemplate being a fish in the immense ocean of God. Lately I’ve [...]

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The Triangulation of Desire

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 09:01

By Tim Muldoon

The late philosopher René Girard suggested that human desire is “triangular,” meaning that it arises not from any intrinsic value in the object of desire, but rather that we imitate others and experience desire for the same things that they desire. The toddler wanting the toy that another toddler has; the junior executive wanting the same clothes and car that the senior executive has; the lover pining for the same beloved as a rival—these are [...]

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Still Us as We Approach Lent

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 05:30

By Vinita Hampton Wright

A recent New Yorker cartoon shows a couple in their swimsuits lounging under an umbrella on some beach. The caption reads: “Oh, no. We’re still us.” I think this captures very well how many of us are feeling by February or March of any given year. We thought we’d do better this year! We planned more carefully for those projects we want to complete. We were more realistic with the New Year’s resolutions. But we’re [...]

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Praying for Others

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 05:30

By Becky Eldredge

Do you ever wonder why we pray for people? Praying for the living and the dead is, after all, a spiritual work of mercy. I believe one of the key characteristics of Ignatian spirituality, being a contemplative in action, offers us insight into this work of mercy. To me, living as a contemplative in action means being a person of prayer who puts that prayer into concrete reality. It doesn’t mean that we merely act [...]

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Getting Ready for Lent 2018

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

Ash Wednesday is February 14, 2018, so today we’re highlighting just a few of the many Ignatian-inspired features designed to help you observe Lent. An Ignatian Prayer Adventure Join in an adapted version of the Spiritual Exercises, perfectly timed as a Lent and Easter retreat. This year Barbara Lee (pictured), author of the new book God Isn’t Finished with Me Yet: Discovering the Spiritual Graces of Later Life, will share her experiences with the retreat [...]

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A Lenten Invitation from William Barry, SJ

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

Just think about this: God, the creator of our vast universe, made each of us in his own image and likeness to be his friend and to cooperate with God in the great adventure of developing this planet. Moreover, after thousands of years of seeing how often human beings mess things up, God still delights in us so much that God became one of us in Jesus of Nazareth. God becomes as vulnerable as any [...]

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Enkindling the World Before Lent

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 05:30

By Andy Otto

This short period of Ordinary Time after the Christmas season is a great time to prepare ourselves for the season of Lent, leading to Christ’s Passion. We can spend time getting to know Jesus, encountering him, growing in friendship, witnessing his way of proceeding, and coming to know his heart. The Sunday readings in these weeks move from stories of calling, in which the disciples make a commitment to follow Jesus, to stories of Christ’s [...]

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“Making” Sacred

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 05:30

By Vinita Hampton Wright

Home is sacred space. It is also sacred time. Whether home is a physical location or a state of mind while we wander the globe, we have the power to make it sacred, to hold it in loving attention and simultaneously offer it to God and the world as our gift to give. Here are a few ideas for “making sacred.” I make home sacred by: Receiving it with gratitude, noticing its details from day [...]

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Days Hazed, When Such Winter Chill, and Light Too Bright to Behold

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 05:30

By Mary Ellen Smajo

Days Hazed days hazed, holding their knowing, known in hope only, open too slowly, while these days filled too full quit too quickly, knowing not yet caught. yet hazed days are wonders working, slowly seen, but granting sight so that in these days our lame leave burdens behind— and carry us; and hearts fill full; and knowing catches us. When Such Winter Chill when such winter chill creeps up close so swift slow-seeping, pausing, playing, [...]

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10 Reasons to Choose Ignatius

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 05:30

By Rebecca Ruiz

I was delighted to learn that St. Ignatius Loyola is among my son’s top three choices for his Confirmation saint. Of course, I wanted him to make an educated choice, so, in all fairness and with no partiality or favoritism, I directed him to my favorite Ignatian books and websites and procured a copy of the 2016 film, Ignacio de Loyola. As we sat down to watch the film, both of my teens aired their [...]

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The Imaginary Boy

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 05:30

By Jim Manney

The other day I came across a passage in a novel that brought me up short. The book is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. The writer describes the thoughts of a nine-year-old boy: “His father always talked to him—so he felt—as if he were addressing some imaginary boy, one of those that exist in books, but quite unlike him. And he always tried, when he was with his father, to pretend he was that book [...]

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God in the Annoying

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 05:30

By Cara Callbeck

Take a minute to think of the person who annoys you most in your life, the one who always seems to find his or her way under your skin. That person who always seems to say the wrong thing at the wrong time and who most often brings out the worst in you. The person who knows every button to push to upset you. Now think about how you react when that person is in [...]

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