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Social Media Examen

11 hours 39 min ago

By dotMagis Editor

Have you ever found yourself using social media, wondering: Why do I hesitate to read comments on a news article? Why am I stuck wondering what sparked someone’s Facebook discussion? Why do I linger on infuriating Tweets? Why do I walk away from social media at times, feeling exhausted, angry, or less myself? Is this even good for me? Jesuit Post contributors Ken Homan, SJ, and Colten Biro, SJ, have asked those questions and suggest [...]

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10 Things to Love about Ignatian Spirituality

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 05:30

By Rebecca Ruiz

Here are 10 things I love about Ignatian spirituality. 1. It promotes lasting happiness. One of my friends gave me a coffee mug that reads “Do more of what makes you happy.” Every morning, it makes me happy just thinking about doing things that make me happy! I am also reminded of St. Ignatius’s belief that those noble desires closest to our hearts that make us most happy deep down—not passing fancies or things that [...]

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God’s Project

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 05:30

By Tim Muldoon

I first encountered the term “God’s project” in an essay by Joseph Tetlow, SJ. I think it’s an idea worth considering further. Looking at the world as God’s project has some powerful implications. For example: 1. It emphasizes the radical human freedom with which God has created us, and the passion God brings to persuading us to help God create a kingdom of goodness, truth, and beauty. 2. It allows us to see human evil [...]

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Agere Contra for Lent

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 05:30

By Andy Otto

Andy Otto suggests agere contra as one approach to Lenten practices. He writes at God in All Things: Agere Contra—This popular Ignatian term means “to act against.” It means that we can deliberately choose to go against what our tendency might be. It’s useful in avoiding temptation or bad habits but can also stretch us spiritually. So if you realise that Facebook is a bit of an addiction for you, you can practise agere contra [...]

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Humor and Spiritual Wisdom

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

Nikolaas Sintobin, SJ, believes humor can reveal spiritual wisdom. In an interview with Pat Coyle of Irish Jesuit Communications, Sintobin talks about humor, discernment, and Jesuit spirituality. He says, “Ignatian spirituality is an answer to the question, What do I have to do in my life now? and not in a theoretical way but learning from my own experience.” Listen to the interview below. Sintobin is the author of Jesuits Telling Jokes: A (Serious) Introduction to [...]

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How to Prepare for Lent

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 05:30

By Vinita Hampton Wright

How do you prepare for Lent? How have you prepared in the past? What are your ideas about what should happen during Lent? We have the traditional Catholic practices of praying, fasting, and almsgiving. So, we pray more than usual, or we pray with different emphases. We eat smaller or fewer meals or give up a favorite food or drink group. We give more of our resources or give them specifically to special works of [...]

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10 Ideas for Lent

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

Ash Wednesday is March 1, 2017, so today we’re highlighting some of the many Ignatian-inspired features designed to help you observe Lent. Living Lent Daily Foster a daily practice of spiritual calm where God is at the center. Living Lent Daily is an e-mail series delivering fresh reflections based on the Scriptures of Lent. Each day’s message includes a quotation from the day’s Scripture readings and a brief reflection to spur prayer and self-examination. The [...]

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Recalculating with the Holy Spirit

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 05:30

By Cara Callbeck

I am not the greatest driver. I am easily flustered, particularly when I am in the unfortunate position of having to drive in an area unfamiliar to me. In those flustered and confused moments, I am comforted by one word spoken all too often by my GPS: recalculating. The word reassures me that no matter how far off-course I may have gotten from my desired destination, my trusty GPS is working to get me back [...]

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Puzzle Pieces and the Examen

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 05:30

By Becky Eldredge

Below is the text from the video, an excerpt from my new book, Busy Lives & Restless Souls: How Prayer Can Help You Find the Missing Peace in Your Life. Learn more about the book here. And join me today on Facebook for a live event, the Ignatian Spirituality Social Media Takeover. So, what is the Examen? In a nutshell, it is a method of prayer that you normally complete at the end of your [...]

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Loving Our Enemies

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 05:30

By Marina McCoy

To be a Christian means to love one’s enemy. Jesus’ words and his actions alike testify to this idea. Jesus says, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). From the Cross, he forgives the people who are crucifying him: “Forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). Such love can be challenging. Consider what it means to love one’s political “enemies,” those who hold beliefs [...]

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There Is a Longing

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

Reader Mary Alice Teller suggests “There Is a Longing” as an Ignatian song to know. Watch a video of the song below, which includes the lyrics on screen. Original dotMagis blogger and Ignatian writer Jim Manney is a big fan of Finding God in Music, as he shared when we explored ways of finding God through the senses last summer. Reflect with today’s song, read Jim’s post, and then share with us how you find [...]

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Desires and Discernment

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

Sean Salai, SJ, interviewed writer, spiritual director, and Jesuit novice director Mark Thibodeaux, SJ, about discernment of spirits in the Ignatian tradition. When asked about distinctive features of the Ignatian approach, Thibodeaux replied: Probably the most surprising feature of the Ignatian approach is the premise that God’s will can often be discovered in our “great desires.” Much of Christian spirituality presumes that our desires are bad and will lead us to sinful actions. Ignatius believed [...]

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Becky Eldredge Social Media Takeover

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

Becky Eldredge will be a familiar name to regular readers of dotMagis. Spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer, Becky has been a long-time contributor to this blog. Now’s your chance to meet her at a special Facebook event, Monday, February 13, 2017. From 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CST, Becky will be hosting a “Social Media Takeover” and acting as the voice of Loyola Press’s Ignatian Spirituality Facebook channel. She will appear on Facebook LIVE [...]

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Love as if . . .

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 05:30

By Vinita Hampton Wright

Love as if loving is the first thing on your to-do list. Love as if you have no other plan but to love. Love as if you are confident that love makes good things happen. Love as if this is your first opportunity to love. Love as if this is your last opportunity to love. Love as if loving can heal all wounds. Love as if loving is your first purpose on earth. Love as [...]

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God Is All About Balance

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 05:30

By Jane Knuth

Char, a widow and grandmother who has assisted in many family medical needs lately, tells me that God is all about balance. “My life has three main themes,” she says. “Family, volunteer work, and fun. I’m closest to God when they are all in balance. I make a to-do list every morning with subtitles: Go, Get, Do, and Call. But before I make the list, I read my devotions. Tucked into my prayer book is [...]

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Consolation in Everyday Life

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

Consolation begins deep in the self that is grateful to God in all things. As G. K. Chesterton once explained, gratitude is happiness magnified by wonder. Jesus’ act at Cana shows how practical gratitude is: in the first place, Jesus intended his friends to be happy and have a good time. He and his mother came to this wedding party to enjoy it. When that enjoyment was threatened, Jesus felt impelled (with a little help [...]

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Competition

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

Whether you’re a runner or not, Colten Biro’s story may resonate. He notices a woman running on the opposite side of the street from his running path and feels competitive: I’m over seven miles into the run, and my legs begin quietly complaining about the increase. Still, I run. The beautiful leaves and color move a little faster past me, but I’m sure they are just as pretty, I think to myself. I give a [...]

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Form My Heart

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 05:30

By Tim Muldoon

At every moment of my life I have two options. If I allow it, God will form my heart more and more in the image of his Son. I will act in faith to let God lead me into an unknown place, a place that I cannot know and cannot guarantee I will fully understand or enjoy. Like the one who is brought out of a cave into the light of the sun, I may [...]

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The Beatitudes Examen

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 05:30

By Vinita Hampton Wright

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know about the Examen, a prayer designed to help a person make a daily review with a focus on gratitude and openness to the Holy Spirit’s direction. This was the prayer St. Ignatius considered most important for a consistently God-ward journey. The steps of the Examen—pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance; review the day; identify where you saw God at work and give thanks for it; [...]

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Picking Up the Ringing Phone of Prayer

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

At the Apostleship of Prayer, Philip Kosloski offers advice for What to do when nothing “happens” during prayer. Too often our problem with prayer is that we are not responding to God’s invitation to love and are searching for God in the clouds, not realizing that he is already here, waiting for us. God reassures us that he is here and waiting for our response through the prophet Jeremiah, “And you shall call upon me, [...]

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