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Feeling the Joy with Jesus

15 hours 55 min ago

By Rebecca Ruiz

A few years ago, a friend gave me some prints of the Laughing Jesus painting. When I saw it, I immediately started laughing. I wondered what it was about this image that made me laugh. Part of it was that Jesus seemed to have such a joyful countenance that one could really imagine him laughing, and it looked like “contagious laughter”—the kind where it’s impossible to resist joining in. It also made me a tiny [...]

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More Stillness

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

What if, instead of more action, what we need is more stillness? What if, instead of more speech, we need more silence? What if all of our words—whether spoken, in an article, blog post, or group message—will make more sense if understood by attending to the Word underneath all words, the Word that gives rise to language itself? Could it be that paying more attention to silence might actually make us more attentive to one [...]

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Grief in the Easter Season

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 05:30

By Marina McCoy

A few weeks ago, partway through the Easter Octave, my stepfather unexpectedly passed away. The news of his passing initially felt like an impossible interruption of joy, contrary to everything that I had been experiencing at Easter. My stepdad married my mom when I was only five, and so essentially raised my younger brother and me. I am no expert on how to mourn a parent. I have never done it before, nor have I [...]

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Wise Thoughts for the Graduate—and for the Rest of Us Too

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

In this graduation season, we share some wise and hopeful words from the late Lisa-Marie Calderone-Stewart, in I Wasn’t Dead When I Wrote This: Advice Given in the Nick of Time: If you still think everything seems hopeless, I invite you to do a simple exercise. On one side of a piece of paper, try listing all the problematic issues you can think of—things like hunger and poverty and sickness and homelessness and bullying and [...]

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Discernment Is a Choice of Courage

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

In a recent address to seminarians, Pope Francis highlighted three aspects of Ignatian style: friendship with the Lord, discernment, and cultivating the magis, or “more,” for the Kingdom of God. In speaking of discernment, the Pope said: Discernment is a choice of courage, contrary to the more comfortable and reductive ways of rigorism and of laxness, as I have repeated many times. To educate to discernment means, in fact, to flee from the temptation to [...]

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When to Sing Alleluia

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 05:30

By Michelle Francl-Donnay

“From holy Easter until Pentecost without interruption let ‘Alleluia’ be said both in the Psalms and in the responsories.” —from The Rule of St. Benedict, Chapter 15. Last fall, my students and I read the Rule of St. Benedict, and I invited them to rewrite a chapter or two to suit their secular community of college students, an assignment they took up with verve. Chapter 15—when to sing the Alleluia—became a chapter on when it [...]

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What Is an Unhealthy Attachment?

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 05:30

By Vinita Hampton Wright

People who are familiar with St. Ignatius, the Spiritual Exercises, or Jesuit spirituality in general will sometimes use the term unhealthy attachment. What is that exactly? Let’s explore this by asking a few questions. Is there any physical habit I have that gets in the way of my being available to God? Do I turn to food, drink, sex, exercise, or sleep to avoid facing myself or my conversation with the Divine? What are my [...]

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What Happened in the Tomb?

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 05:30

By Loretta Pehanich

Did you ever wonder what exactly happened in the tomb after Jesus was buried? The mystery of Jesus fully human and fully divine tangles my brain like a shroud; I can’t get my mind wrapped around it. I’m puzzled by the few details the Gospels provide after the Resurrection. We’re told that the disciples found “the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place [...]

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How to Beat the Fear of Failure

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 05:30

By Vinita Hampton Wright

Choose to do what you consider important to do. Do that important thing, and keep doing it. Don’t give up on what is important. Look at the gifts you have been given—name them. Accept those gifts and practice gratitude for them. Learn to cherish the life you are given. Believe what is good and kind and truthful and lovely. Find ways to pass along whatever is good and kind and truthful and lovely. Dare to [...]

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Appreciating Emmaus

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

There’s much to appreciate in the story of the disciples on the way to Emmaus, says Michael Sparough, SJ. For one: It’s in looking back on the experience that they realize just how impactful it’s been. I think it’s that insight that encouraged St. Ignatius Loyola to teach his followers the importance of a daily Examen. It’s in looking back and sifting and sorting through the events and the feelings of our day that we [...]

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World Union of Jesuit Alumni Congress

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

John Carroll University, in Cleveland, Ohio, will host the 2017 World Union of Jesuit Alumni (WUJA) Congress this summer. The event brings together Jesuit alumni and friends to explore the theme “Uniting Our Jesuit Frontiers: To Know God, To Love God, To Serve God.” The website for WUJA Congress states: “While we gather as Jesuit alumni and friends, we will find God within and among each other. And together, we will discern how to promote [...]

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Business Article Encourages Quiet Time

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

The title of a recent Harvard Business Review article says much: “The Busier You Are, the More You Need Quiet Time.” While this is hardly a new idea, it’s one that seems to need repeating in our tech-driven, overscheduled age. When we’re constantly fixated on the verbal agenda—what to say next, what to write next, what to tweet next—it’s tough to make room for truly different perspectives or radically new ideas. It’s hard to drop [...]

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Finding God in Our Past

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 05:30

By Vinita Hampton Wright

If you want to embark on an interesting exercise, write the story of your life. Write it quickly, without thinking about it much. And write only for about 15 or 20 minutes. This will force you to hit the highlights only—the events that are most important to you. Then, go back and read your story, and ask at each turn, Where was God in this event, or this conversation, or this internal experience? The fact [...]

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Spiritual Directors in Conversation

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

Spiritual directors William A. Barry, SJ, and Bernadette Miles discuss Ignatian spirituality, understandings of Jesus, and spiritual direction in this nine-minute video from Spiritual Directors International. Barry is the author of multiple books on Ignatian spirituality, including A Friendship Like No Other and Changed Heart, Changed World.

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Your Rod and Your Staff

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 05:30

By Loretta Pehanich

I love the 23rd Psalm. And lately, I’ve been thinking a great deal about the verse mentioning the rod and the staff. I see myself as this well-fed and comfortable sheep, and then I feel a gentle prodding. It’s that Shepherd again, inviting me to move along. Why? I’d fallen into self-absorption, thinking about my problems and having a little pity party. One translation says, “with your rod and your staff you give me comfort.” [...]

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Why Ignatian Spirituality Appeals to Young People

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 05:30

By Tim Muldoon

Editor’s note: Tim Muldoon, theologian, professor, and Ignatian author, is being honored with the Writer’s Award in Spirituality from the Loyola Institute for Spirituality. His newest book is Living Against the Grain: How to Make Decisions That Lead to an Authentic Life. Today we look back at a video from 2013, in which Muldoon explains why Ignatian spirituality is appealing for young people. Why is Ignatian spirituality appropriate for young people and seekers? It’s a [...]

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The Purpose of Ignatian Repetition

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

Howard Gray, SJ, explains why much of the prayer in the Spiritual Exercises is repetition—multiple meditations on the same subjects or Scripture passages. The repetitions are efforts to engage mystery, to center on the depth of riches within revelation, and to discover how God specifically invites this particular man or woman to find the meaning of a gospel event for him or her. In other words, the aim of Ignatian repetition is to personalize prayer. [...]

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What I Did Each Morning

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

We’ve been given this insane gift of life. We’re living in the midst of the Resurrection. And all day, all night, still our hearts ask, Where is God? Early in my sobriety I began to realize that God was the things, or in or behind the things, or had created the things, that I’d loved my whole life. Bach cantatas, all flowers, all birds. The man or woman who suffered and who didn’t complain and [...]

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Hope Is an Art

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 05:30

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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