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The Contemplation on the Incarnation and Advent

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 05:30

The Second Week of the Spiritual Exercises begins with a Contemplation on the Incarnation (SE 101–109). The graces we pray for with this meditation are the graces of the entire Second Week: to have intimate knowledge of Jesus, to love him more, and to follow him more closely. I invite us to pray for these […]

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Explore best practices from a 450-year-old company that changed the world in Heroic Leadership by Chris Lowney.

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A Truth-Telling Thanksgiving Prayer

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 05:30

St. Ignatius urged his followers to converse with Jesus in the same way that one would speak with a very dear friend. In his book, Praying the Truth, William Barry, SJ, writes: Prayer, as conscious relationship, is the royal road to finding God in all things and to a deeper friendship with God. We grow […]

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Approach the Examen in fresh ways with Reimagining the Ignatian Examen by Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ.

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A Different Kind of Thanksgiving

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 05:30

Thanksgiving will be different this year. As I write this, in early November, the United States is experiencing a new and frightening spike in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, along with a rising number of deaths due to the virus. My husband and I will not be traveling to sit at table with family. […]

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Approach the Examen in fresh ways with Reimagining the Ignatian Examen by Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ.

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Cobwebs and Cataracts

Fri, 11/20/2020 - 05:30

Joan had cataract surgery. Overnight she developed all kinds of wrinkles. Well, actually, she simply hadn’t seen them before. With her eyesight improved, looking in her mirror was a revelation. Much came to light that she didn’t necessarily want to see. Laughing, she learned that she hadn’t known the whole truth about herself. Bright light […]

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Approach the Examen in fresh ways with Reimagining the Ignatian Examen by Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ.

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Nurturing Gratitude

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 05:30

“Nurturing gratitude makes us happy,” says Spiritual Practices for the Brain author Anne Kertz Kernion in this brief video on gratitude. How do you nurture gratitude in your life?

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Filled with wisdom and reflections from favorite Ignatian leaders, An Ignatian Book of Days sees God as actively involved in the world and intimately connected with us in every moment and place.

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Permission to Notice

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 05:30

When I was in Kindergarten, I took the school bus home. The driver dropped me off three blocks away from my house. Since my mother was home with my two little sisters while they took their afternoon nap, I walked the rest of the way home. It was 1980; kids did that sort of thing […]

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Filled with wisdom and reflections from favorite Ignatian leaders, An Ignatian Book of Days sees God as actively involved in the world and intimately connected with us in every moment and place.

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Advent Preview

Fri, 11/13/2020 - 05:30

Advent begins November 29, 2020. Here are a few resources to keep in mind as you prepare to observe the season. Advent A to Z Observe the 26 days of Advent 2020 with Advent A to Z. This special e-mail series will explore seasonal themes following the alphabet for inspiration. Featured authors include Ignatian writers […]

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Filled with wisdom and reflections from favorite Ignatian leaders, An Ignatian Book of Days sees God as actively involved in the world and intimately connected with us in every moment and place.

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From a Mountain of Trash to Beauty

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 05:30

This morning, my husband, John, and I took a lap around the paved loop that tops a city park not far from where we live. From its high vantage point, there’s a long view of the surrounding landscape: stands of trees on every side; the winding of the Charles River; reeds home to red-winged blackbirds; […]

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In God Finds Us, Jim Manney shares his experiences of making the Spiritual Exercises in a down-to-earth, accessible narrative.

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Cherishing Meeting Participants

Mon, 11/09/2020 - 05:30

“Cherish what is simple. Be in awe of what is great.” —Christopher de Vinck in The Center Will Hold I am sitting in the usual spot, participating in the Zoom meeting, listening to each person as they describe the events of the past week. Someone has hosted a socially distant ice-cream party and was happy […]

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In God Finds Us, Jim Manney shares his experiences of making the Spiritual Exercises in a down-to-earth, accessible narrative.

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St. Ignatius’s Model of Contemplative Leadership

Fri, 11/06/2020 - 05:30

St. Ignatius Loyola offers us a model of contemplative leadership, as shown in the following ten characteristics of leaders. Contemplative leaders… See the real. Ignatius invites us to see the world, ourselves, and others as God sees them. This means seeing both the joys and the sorrows we are holding and knowing that we are […]

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In God Finds Us, Jim Manney shares his experiences of making the Spiritual Exercises in a down-to-earth, accessible narrative.

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Childhood Joy

Wed, 11/04/2020 - 05:30

What did you enjoy when you were a child? Are you involved, in any way, with this joy today? Could you make some room for this deep-down joy? Enjoy this video excerpt from my Small Simple Ways: An Ignatian Daybook for Healthy Spiritual Living.

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In Always Discerning, Joseph A. Tetlow, SJ, shares how we can implement discernment into not only life’s big decisions but also into the everyday, more mundane choices we constantly have to make.

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A Story of the Simple and Great Hearing Aid

Mon, 11/02/2020 - 05:30

The other day, I ran around the house looking everywhere for my oldest son’s hearing aids. I checked the counter where we normally place them, his room, the bathroom. I was panicking, because I have read that dogs like to eat hearing aids (something about the earwax), and I was slightly nervous that my son […]

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In Always Discerning, Joseph A. Tetlow, SJ, shares how we can implement discernment into not only life’s big decisions but also into the everyday, more mundane choices we constantly have to make.

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Wanderlight: The Ignatian-Inspired Video Game

Fri, 10/30/2020 - 05:30

St. Ignatius referred to himself as a pilgrim, and all who follow an Ignatian path are fellow pilgrims on the way. Now children can take on the role of a pilgrim in the new Catholic video game from Loyola Press, Wanderlight:™ A Pilgrim’s Adventure. The player in Wanderlight undertakes quests that invite the young pilgrim […]

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In Always Discerning, Joseph A. Tetlow, SJ, shares how we can implement discernment into not only life’s big decisions but also into the everyday, more mundane choices we constantly have to make.

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The Saints, Anchored in Hope

Wed, 10/28/2020 - 05:30

The Feast of All Saints…reminds us that the goal of our existence is not death, it is paradise! The apostle John writes, “It does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2). The […]

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By discerning our deepest desires, we discover our truest selves. Read Tim Muldoon’s Living Against the Grain.

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Harvest Moon

Mon, 10/26/2020 - 05:30

I have always loved the harvest moon. In my two-stoplight hometown, it was always a big event. The rising of this enormous, orange moon heralded the last days to harvest all of the crops that needed to be brought in before the hard frost. With all hands on deck, the days surrounding this moon were […]

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By discerning our deepest desires, we discover our truest selves. Read Tim Muldoon’s Living Against the Grain.

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Everything Is Precious

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 05:30

On errands, during a clear Seattle afternoon, I look out my car window to see an East African mother carrying groceries home with four children, all under ten. The mother wears a long, dark wrapper dress and holds the youngest child, a girl, on her hip, a grocery bag clutched in her other arm. She […]

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By discerning our deepest desires, we discover our truest selves. Read Tim Muldoon’s Living Against the Grain.

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St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, SJ

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 05:30

Many saints experienced a crisis of faith at some point during their lives. Rather than shy away from the pain, they embraced it. This stage is the one you probably find yourself in now. Can you find your way through this pain to a rebirth of faith? Many before you have succeeded in this. We […]

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By discerning our deepest desires, we discover our truest selves. Read Tim Muldoon’s Living Against the Grain.

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Gratefulness

Mon, 10/19/2020 - 05:30

Remembering what my own eyes have seen is a practice in gratefulness. My own eyes have seen good people beyond counting and blessings without number. My eyes have seen the birth of my children and the passing of my parents. I have seen terrible accidents but many, many more near misses. My eyes have seen […]

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In Ignatian Spirituality A to Z, Jim Manney provides a brief, informative, and entertaining guide to key concepts of Ignatian spirituality and essential characters and events in Jesuit history.

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A Bold Invitation from Zephaniah

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 05:30

Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The LORD has taken away the judgments against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more. On that day it shall be […]

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In Ignatian Spirituality A to Z, Jim Manney provides a brief, informative, and entertaining guide to key concepts of Ignatian spirituality and essential characters and events in Jesuit history.

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Elements of Hope

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 05:30

What might an Ignatian approach to hope look like, especially in days that may feel turbulent? Ignatian hope is at root a Christian hope: Christians affirm in the Creed our belief in bodily resurrection and in eternal life. God is good, and God’s goodness always remains powerful and present, no matter what else is going […]

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Go on a personal at-home prayer retreat with An Invitation to Love by William A. Barry, SJ.

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