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Light and Contemplation

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

You might spend time outside on a sunny day, seeing the sunlight illuminating everything, feeling its warmth on your body, and imagining how God is creating and bathing you in love. Again, tell God what’s in your mind and heart. This kind of contemplation can lead us to want to love God with our whole mind and heart and soul, to become the friend God wants us to be. Ignatius suggests a prayer that may [...]

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Jesus Approaches

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 05:30

By Vinita Hampton Wright

One of the great gifts of my life as an editor is the opportunity to meet and get to know the wise and compassionate people who write the books Loyola Press publishes. One of my “wise women”—also a good friend—is Elizabeth Kelly, author of one of our newest books, Jesus Approaches: What Contemporary Women Can Learn about Healing, Freedom & Joy from the Women of the New Testament. Elizabeth explores our relationship with Jesus by [...]

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The Time Is Now

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 05:30

By Tim Muldoon

Somewhere nearby—perhaps a co-worker in the next cubicle; a friend across the room; a stranger in the chair next to you; a spouse beside you in bed; a child clawing at your leg for attention—there, now, is an opportunity for love. Before you is God’s invitation to know him. Do not delay; do not postpone love. Reach for it; give your whole self to it. Use your imagination, for love is not for the sluggish. [...]

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Staying Curious

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 05:30

By Marina McCoy

In his ministry, Jesus often asks others what they want. For example, he asks the blind Bartimaeus, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51) On another occasion, James and John approach Jesus, and he asks them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:36) Both in his healing ministry and with his friends, Jesus displays a kind of openness and curiosity toward others. Until recently, I had [...]

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An Authentic Life

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

The direction of an authentic life is always one that serves others. It may be a life of contemplative prayer in a cloister, in a service profession, parenting, or entrepreneurship that lifts people out of poverty. It may be solitary or familial. It may be some kind of engagement in politics or social activism. It may be in medicine, academia, business, entertainment, public service, law, or any number of other fields. But in the end, [...]

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Fasting from Things: A Limit of 20

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 05:30

By Jane Knuth

An extraordinarily beautiful donation came into the St. Vincent de Paul thrift shop once. A woman gave us a box of over 100 silk scarves, all colors and sizes, for all seasons of the year. Each one unique and in perfect condition, they were laundered, pressed, and folded. We volunteers spent an afternoon admiring each one as we priced them all. We also spent a lot of time wondering why anyone on earth would need [...]

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Hours of Light and Dark

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 05:30

By Vinita Hampton Wright

I don’t know how old I will be when I have finally learned to live in synch with times of day and night. Thanks to electricity, many of us humans no longer sleep at night and move around in the daytime. I wonder how many health problems are related to that. And I understand that some jobs must be done at night, and we need nighttime workforces. But on an individual basis, perhaps each of [...]

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Surrendering Our Swords

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 05:30

By Rebecca Ruiz

As we wound our way up the Catalan mountain in our zippy, little car, I imagined St. Ignatius traversing Spain on his own pilgrimage to Montserrat. I found it hard to imagine how he would have made it over the rugged terrain on horseback. He was, at that point, travelling alone without servants, just months out from the crippling blow of the cannonball. What pain he must have suffered as he rode! It gave me [...]

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Joseph of Arimathea and Burying the Dead

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 05:30

By Loretta Pehanich

In honor of the feast of St. Joseph of Arimathea on August 31, we share this reflection based on Luke 23:50–53. Joseph didn’t witness the death of Jesus. He sent me to watch and to notify him when Jesus was pronounced dead. As I headed to Golgotha, Joseph went boldly to Pilate to request Jesus’ body. Joseph knew how to work within existing leadership structures. He wanted Jesus to have a decent burial, not to [...]

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Five Creative Ways to Give Grounding to Your Spiritual Journey

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 05:30

By Vinita Hampton Wright

1. Consider gardening a sacred activity. Allow yourself enough time to attend carefully to each task, whether it is planting, weeding, watering, or other care. Offer the plant to God, and ask God’s help and blessing on the growth of the garden and on the end results of its fruits. And when it’s time to harvest the tomatoes or cucumbers or herbs, your prayer can then move right along to the preparing of a meal [...]

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Praying in Dry Seasons of Life

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 05:30

By Becky Eldredge

Our prayer lives go through cycles like the seasons of the year. We cycle through spring-like seasons of new life or summer-like seasons of abundance. Today let’s turn to what St. Ignatius invites us to do when we are in a season of prayer that feels more like autumn, when what was once abundant begins to wither, or winter, when our prayer life feels dormant. Keep showing up in prayer! As our prayer life shifts [...]

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Six Back-to-School Lessons for Finding God

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 05:30

By Denise Gorss

Back-to-school season has lessons in finding God for all of us, not just those with children heading back after summer vacation. Here are six lessons I’m reflecting on this year. 1. Have your supplies ready. With school, it’s backpacks, notebooks (spiral or computer kind), pencils, and crayons. For finding God, it might be a notebook for reflective journaling, a helpful website for theological information, or a favorite prayer book. We can meet God with nothing, [...]

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Praying with People

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 05:30

By Vinita Hampton Wright

In the summer, many of us spend time with people more than usual. We’re on vacation with family, or we host visitors. We go to special events such as weddings and anniversary celebrations. We attend concerts, parties, and sporting events. Is there any way to incorporate prayer in all of this? No, I’m not going to suggest that you try to lead your fellow sports fans in a prayer before the game starts. But think [...]

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Praying for Artists

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

Each month the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network releases a prayer video with a special intention the Holy Father asks us to remember. For August 2017, the intention is, “That artists of our time, through their creativity, may help us discover the beauty of creation.” Explore the intersection of Arts and Faith with the series of that name from Loyola Press. How do you discover the beauty of creation?

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Trust and Freedom

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 05:30

By Marina McCoy

Jesus’ instruction to pray to God, “thy will be done” is an essential part of Christian practice. Many saints, like Ignatius, have asked God to assist them in letting go of their own wills in favor of God’s will, as we find in the Suscipe: “Take, Lord, and receive, my memory, my understanding, my entire will.” This is both a difficult and worthwhile enterprise. Giving up one’s own will requires deep trust that in all [...]

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Praying with Creation

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 05:30

By Vinita Hampton Wright

Sometimes we fail to see that an entire created world can lead us to prayer. We don’t need to look far for it, because often it’s in our own home or yard. This week, let’s pray with creation. When you tend a plant, you are fulfilling one of your purposes as a human being on this earth. The Book of Genesis tells the story of God creating the world; Adam and Eve represent humanity, and [...]

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Extraordinary Moments in Ordinary Time

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 05:30

By Loretta Pehanich

I watched the five-year-old children in swimsuits step gingerly up to the font. Climbing the two stairs up seemed pretty easy, but every one of them waited before taking two steps down. What was their hesitation? Every eye in the packed church was focused on the font as the four children waited their turns. Excitement was building among the assembly, as if each of us was willing the children to step forward. We held a [...]

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Three Pilgrimage Experiences

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

St. Ignatius referred to himself as a pilgrim, and many followers of the Ignatian way have used special times of pilgrimage to encounter God more deeply. Today we highlight three examples. Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ, made a pilgrimage to the famous shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico and encountered great generosity and hospitality, as he explains in this five-minute video. Fr. Casey Beaumier, SJ, also did a pilgrimage during his early formation as [...]

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Simple Prayers

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 05:30

By Vinita Hampton Wright

Sometimes we try too hard at prayer. We make it complicated. We load it down with expectations. If I pray really well, then I will come away inspired, or I’ll have a question answered, or I’ll feel happy, or I’ll have learned something. Let’s use the not-quite-so-intense season of summer to lighten up a bit on prayer. “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” [...]

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How a Busy Person Finds God in All Things

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 05:30

By Vinita Hampton Wright

Busy people generally don’t stop being busy people. If they are spiritually aware, they will intentionally cease activity at regular intervals to be silent and still, to listen to the Divine, and to care for themselves. But then, they’re off! Busy people use their energy for action. Their minds rarely pause, because there are always multiple projects and plans forming. I use “busy” to describe a person who is nearly always outwardly active—this is the [...]

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