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Hope Is an Art

10 hours 13 min ago

By Vinita Hampton Wright

True art requires inspiration, vision, practice, imagination, and patience. Something inspires the idea, which leads to a vision of what the painting or story will become. The artist works at the vision, practicing her craft on good days and bad. She allows her imagination to take hold of the vision and keep her process vibrant. And she understands that the work is finished when it’s time; she cannot force it to conform to her schedule. [...]

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Becky Eldredge Explains the Examen

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

Becky Eldredge, dotMagis blogger and author of Busy Lives & Restless Souls, walks us through the steps of the Examen in this four-minute video. As Eldredge explains it, the steps are: Ask for the Holy Spirit’s help. Be thankful. Notice God’s presence. Notice the lack of God’s presence. Look to the future. For a peek into why Eldredge loves praying the Examen, watch her conversation with Paul Brian Campbell, SJ, here.

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The Grace of Failure

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 05:30

By Tim Muldoon

This topic came up in class, and it gets better as I continue to think about it. Here’s the thumbnail: the young Ignatius went to Jerusalem to imitate St. Francis, wanting to walk in Christ’s footsteps and convert Muslims. But after he got there, the local priests sent him packing, and he was dejected. Why did God set him up for failure? One of the most difficult periods in my own life was a professional failure. It [...]

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Tasting the Breeze

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 05:30

By Andy Otto

I was recently asked how we can “turn down the noise” in our lives so we can better notice God around us. What I don’t think we actually do is listen to the noise. How often do we pause to notice the sounds coming into our ears? The sights and colors entering our eyes? The scents entering our nostrils? It’s this kind of awareness that’s key to an Ignatian spiritual life. St. Ignatius would call [...]

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What Makes You Hesitate?

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 05:30

By Rebecca Ruiz

I often revisit Ignatius’s reflections on the Resurrection in the Fourth Week of the Spiritual Exercises at this time of year. This year, I am finding myself moved in a particularly unexpected way by Matthew 28 (SE 307): Meanwhile, the eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated. —Matthew 28:16–17 I imagine myself on Mount [...]

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Easter Comes Late

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 05:30

By Cara Callbeck

Sometimes in our lives Easter comes when we are still very much in the desert of Lent. Maybe we have lost a loved one, are living through a personal struggle, or are caring for someone who is ill. Whatever the case, we can find ourselves in the desert much longer than 40 days. In such times, Easter Day becomes but a date on the calendar, and we find ourselves still kneeling at the foot of [...]

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Expressing My Love for God

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 05:30

By Becky Eldredge

This post is based on Week Eight of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. Some of St. Ignatius’s most noted words can be found in one of the last meditations in the Exercises: “Love shows itself in deeds more than words.” (SE 230) As I reflect on these words, it reminds me that Jesus desires concrete acts in response to the abundant love and gifts God offers us. So how do we express our love for God [...]

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Live as Easter People

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 05:30

By Vinita Hampton Wright

Easter has arrived! We made the long way through Lent; some of us journeyed through the liturgical marathon that is Holy Week, with its multiple services leading up to the Great Easter Vigil. Now we dwell in the weeks prior to Pentecost. Yes, we keep looking forward to the next event in the Christian year. Jesus has risen from the dead; in the coming weeks, as we hear in the Gospel stories, he will appear [...]

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Resurrection

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 05:30

By Marina McCoy

In the Resurrection accounts, Jesus’ friends often need time in order to recognize him. Mary Magdalene initially thinks he is the gardener as she sits near the tomb, mourning. Did she not recognize Jesus because she assumed he was dead, and his Resurrection did not fit into her expectations? Only when he calls her by name does she recognize him. The disciples on the road to Emmaus initially dismiss Jesus as someone who is ignorant [...]

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Christ Has Risen!

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

In this Easter season, Christ has risen in our churches, homes, communities, and workplaces. All of creation is illuminated by the new dawn brightening behind the Risen Lord, bringing his triumph into our lives. Please enjoy this imaginative prayer exercise for Easter based on Piero della Francesca’s 15th-century fresco of The Resurrection. Blessings on you, your family, and your faith community during this Easter season.

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Jesus Responds to His Sorrow

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

As Jesus responds to his sorrow, he is expressing to us the best of what it means to be human. There are no miracles here. No sudden healings. No casting out of demons. No parables. Someone coming to the story of Jesus’ Passion for the first time, not knowing anything else of the Gospels, would think that this is just an ordinary person, someone who experienced loneliness, heartache, pain, exhaustion, and ultimately death. He’s no [...]

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3-Minute Retreat: The Lord’s Supper

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

On this Holy Thursday, enjoy a special 3-Minute Retreat: The Lord’s Supper. Read the words of the prayer below or pray with the full 3-Minute Retreat experience, including music, here. Allow your breathing to slow. With each relaxing breath, feel yourself come to rest in the Lord. John 13:15 “I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.” In this Scripture we are given [...]

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At My Breaking Point

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 05:30

By Becky Eldredge

This post is based on Week Seven of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. I felt the hard, cool rock in my hand. I slowly felt each bump and groove with my fingers as I attempted to stuff the intense feelings that were welling up within me. Despite my best efforts to hold them back, tears poured down my face as a wave of emotions surged. The mixed feelings of sadness and anger boiled over as I [...]

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Were You There?

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

To help us when contemplating the Passion of Christ, St. Ignatius Loyola “invites us to enter into this scene imaginatively, to place ourselves in the context of this story and ask the question, not only Were you there?, but Where are you there? Where do you find yourself in the story this year?” Michael Sparough, SJ, asks these questions in a prayerful seven-minute video reflection on the Passion. We are encouraged to think about whether [...]

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Who Is This Jesus of Nazareth?

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

Brian Prugh reflects on Titian’s Ecce Homo (“Behold, the man”) in a Dappled Things post that gives much to contemplate this Holy Week. The painting depicts Pilate showing Christ to the crowd. This is his public display, and our chance to confront the question, who is this Jesus of Nazareth? The soldiers have done their best to humiliate him with the crown of thorns, purple sheet and broken-stick scepter. His beard is unkempt, his gaze [...]

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How to Do Holy Week

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 05:30

By Vinita Hampton Wright

Holy Week is a solemn week of extra prayer and fasting. It involves the Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil. During those three days we recall—and through our prayer participate in—Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples, his arrest, trial, and execution, the long day of silence (Holy Saturday) while his body rested in the grave, and his Resurrection on Easter. The many readings of Scripture surrounding the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of [...]

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Finding God Through Humor

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

April is National Humor Month, so that provides a reason to notice that God can be found through humor and laughter too, as these posts and excerpts remind us. Humor and Spiritual Wisdom Listen to an interview with Nikolaas Sintobin, SJ, author of Jesuits Telling Jokes. A Spirituality of the Present Moment This excerpt from Jesuits Telling Jokes starts with a joke. Fruits of the Spirit Becky Eldredge shares a humorous exchange with one of [...]

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A Ministry of Mercy

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 05:30

By Becky Eldredge

This post is based on Week Six of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. Last year Pope Francis called for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, and much of my online writing and retreat work centered around the topic of mercy. As a result, I understand Jesus’ ministry in a whole new way as a ministry of mercy. Jesus’ public ministry had elements to it that were based in the message of mercy, such as: Seeing with compassionate [...]

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Practice, Love

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 05:30

By Tim Muldoon

I’d like to propose a juxtaposition of two ideas that emerge from the Spiritual Exercises: practice and love. Without getting into too much insider baseball on how Ignatius’s text emphasizes these themes, let me suggest a brief thought exercise that you might take into prayer. We learn anything by practicing: the piano, soccer, algebra. Jesus calls us to love one another as the Father has loved Jesus. How do you practice love? Notice that embedded [...]

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Magis and Weightlifting

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

English teacher Christopher Farrell, SJ, at De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis, MO, started the Powerlifting Club, and it’s about more than physical fitness. “The Jesuits are all about the idea of ‘Magis’ meaning greater or more,” Farrell said. “For me, you could also translate it as ‘stronger’. It’s about asking oneself, how can I be constantly striving to grow stronger? Whether it is in the weight room, or intellectually, or spiritually. I [...]

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