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Remember Other Pilgrims

9 hours 44 min ago

You’re not the only pilgrim on this path. So, when toils and troubles become overwhelming, find a spot at the roadside, and sit for a while and remember those other pilgrims. Enjoy this video excerpt from my Small Simple Ways: An Ignatian Daybook for Healthy Spiritual Living.

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The Scripture, prayers, and reflections in Sacred Space: The Prayer Book 2021 will inspire you to a richer daily spiritual experience throughout the liturgical year and invite you to develop a closer relationship with God.

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Prayers Before Zoom School

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 05:30

My children, like so many in COVID times, are in Zoom school. Each morning we take our laptops to separate parts of the house to work, but before that we have what I like to call “Casa G Academy Morning Assembly.” We meet in the living room 10 minutes before their school check-in. I make […]

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The Scripture, prayers, and reflections in Sacred Space: The Prayer Book 2021 will inspire you to a richer daily spiritual experience throughout the liturgical year and invite you to develop a closer relationship with God.

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Pandemic Blessings for the Church

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 05:30

“We’re driving the car while building it,” the old saying goes. It’s true of our pandemic times. We’re teaching one another how to use video chats, learning to share screens, and choosing virtual backgrounds in order to participate in sharing groups and meetings online. We’re donning masks, shopping in new ways, and offering air hugs […]

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The Scripture, prayers, and reflections in Sacred Space: The Prayer Book 2021 will inspire you to a richer daily spiritual experience throughout the liturgical year and invite you to develop a closer relationship with God.

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Anchor into Hope

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 05:30

My grandmother reminded me often, “One thing we can always count on in life is change.” As a child, I never quite understood what she meant. Hearing this as an adult, it sometimes exasperated me. As much as I did not want to hear her words at times, I knew they were true. Life changes. […]

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In Ignatian Discernment of Spirits in Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Care, Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ, offers fresh insight into discernment through innovative approaches and applications for varied spiritual experiences and challenges.

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Coloring as Prayer

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 05:30

Today is National Coloring Day, so it’s a good day to try a bit of creativity in prayer. Download a beautiful page from God’s Wonderful Word, a transfer sticker and coloring book from Loyola Press. The page includes Scripture to ponder set against a delightful nature scene. Let your mind dwell in the images of […]

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In Ignatian Discernment of Spirits in Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Care, Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ, offers fresh insight into discernment through innovative approaches and applications for varied spiritual experiences and challenges.

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The Third Method of Prayer

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 05:30

Ignatian prayer is not one kind of prayer; in fact, Ignatius recommends a variety of ways to pray, along with the better-known imaginative prayer. For example, Ignatius recommends conversational prayer with Jesus in the course of our days, the Examen, or a colloquy with a figure such as Mary after a longer time of imaginative […]

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In Ignatian Discernment of Spirits in Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Care, Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ, offers fresh insight into discernment through innovative approaches and applications for varied spiritual experiences and challenges.

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A Prayer Exercise: Imagination

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 05:30

What is the most imaginative thing you’ve ever done? Who is the most imaginative person you know, and how would you describe that person’s life and work?  . . . What are your deep desires today? Or, what is your deep dissatisfaction? Imagination is at the root of creation. What kind of world would you […]

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In Lord, You Called Me: Discerning Your Path in Life , Brother Ricardo Grzona, FRP, offers 21 lectio divina encounters with God’s Word.

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In the Eye of the Storm

Mon, 09/07/2020 - 05:30

In Louisiana, we have five seasons: winter, spring, summer, fall, and hurricane. I’ve lived through many hurricanes, some minor, some catastrophic. One characteristic of hurricanes is the eye. The wind and rain spiral in a counterclockwise direction until ultimately an area of clear weather forms near the center of the circulation. It’s all chaos in […]

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In Lord, You Called Me: Discerning Your Path in Life , Brother Ricardo Grzona, FRP, offers 21 lectio divina encounters with God’s Word.

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When I Feel the Ground Disappearing Beneath Me

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 05:30

One evening in early August, I stood in my kitchen in front of three open lunch boxes, feeling anxiety welling up in me. In order to cope in that moment, I went through all the necessary questions out loud with myself, right there at the kitchen counter. “OK, Gretchen, do you have enough snacks in […]

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In Lord, You Called Me: Discerning Your Path in Life , Brother Ricardo Grzona, FRP, offers 21 lectio divina encounters with God’s Word.

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Finding God in Our Desires

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 05:30

In the world I have known, the American Midwest, the word desire has been used too often in the context of lust and sex. And yet, desire is such a sweet spiritual word, if we receive it as such. It is used in the Bible in a variety of ways, most of them referring to […]

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In The Way to Manresa , Brendan McManus, SJ, travels along the Ignatian Camino pilgrimage trail to Manresa, where St. Ignatius penned his Spiritual Exercises. This walk takes McManus on a physical and spiritual journey that will lead him down a path of deep discernment.

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World Filled with Change

Mon, 08/31/2020 - 05:30

Father, you have created a world filled with change, and each blessing that you give in this world remains only for a while. At times you show your love through abundant gifts; at other times you remove your gifts in order to reveal your love more deeply. In whatever way you choose to show your […]

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In The Way to Manresa , Brendan McManus, SJ, travels along the Ignatian Camino pilgrimage trail to Manresa, where St. Ignatius penned his Spiritual Exercises. This walk takes McManus on a physical and spiritual journey that will lead him down a path of deep discernment.

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Creating Meaningful Connections Online

Fri, 08/28/2020 - 05:30

I did not set out to become an advocate for online retreats and virtual prayer gatherings. As I reflect on how I entered the world of virtual retreats and spiritual direction, long before COVID-19 was part of our world, I guess I could say, it is a lived moment of the Suscipe. Years ago, we […]

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In The Way to Manresa , Brendan McManus, SJ, travels along the Ignatian Camino pilgrimage trail to Manresa, where St. Ignatius penned his Spiritual Exercises. This walk takes McManus on a physical and spiritual journey that will lead him down a path of deep discernment.

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There’s Such a State as Difficult Consolation

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 05:30

All of us are rightly wary of the incorrect reduction of the concepts of desolation and consolation to merely feeling bad and feeling good. But the reason this misconception is so persistent is that we do indeed usually feel good in consolation and usually feel bad in desolation. It’s an understandable mistake, then, to reduce […]

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In The Way to Manresa , Brendan McManus, SJ, travels along the Ignatian Camino pilgrimage trail to Manresa, where St. Ignatius penned his Spiritual Exercises. This walk takes McManus on a physical and spiritual journey that will lead him down a path of deep discernment.

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What Gives Joy

Mon, 08/24/2020 - 05:30

Pay attention to what gives you joy. These gifts of joy are meant to help us during times of desolation. Use them when you need them. Enjoy this video excerpt from my Small Simple Ways: An Ignatian Daybook for Healthy Spiritual Living.

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Finding God in the Mess by Jim Deeds and Brendan McManus, SJ, is the perfect tool to help us learn to pause, to take time to be with God, to contemplate our lives, and to recognize God’s presence in all of it, especially the hard times.

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Stopping to Rest

Fri, 08/21/2020 - 05:30

When I am feeling under pressure, taking on too many projects, and not sleeping well, Psalm 62 gathers me in. I repeat the words to myself and take a few minutes to sit still with God. But rest does not come from sitting. It does not come from going to bed, either. Rest comes only […]

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Finding God in the Mess by Jim Deeds and Brendan McManus, SJ, is the perfect tool to help us learn to pause, to take time to be with God, to contemplate our lives, and to recognize God’s presence in all of it, especially the hard times.

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Questions Inspired by the Letters of St. Ignatius

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 05:30

Over the summer, I have had the time to read some of the letters of St. Ignatius and to listen to a series of short lectures on the letters via the Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Boston College. Thanks to Fr. Barton Geger, SJ, for his excellent introductions to these letters. Something that has struck […]

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Finding God in the Mess by Jim Deeds and Brendan McManus, SJ, is the perfect tool to help us learn to pause, to take time to be with God, to contemplate our lives, and to recognize God’s presence in all of it, especially the hard times.

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Prayer for Detachment

Mon, 08/17/2020 - 05:30

I beg of you, my Lord, to remove anything which separates me from you, and you from me. Remove anything that makes me unworthy of your sight, your control, your reprehension; of your speech and conversation, of your benevolence and love. Cast from me every evil that stands in the way of my seeing you, […]

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Experiencing God in the Ordinary by William A. Barry, SJ, nurtures our hope that God is always present and can be found in an ordinary day.

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A God Who Labors

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 05:30

There is a life-size crucifix I once saw in a church in Germany, ordinary except for the fact that—a casualty of war—the body of Jesus has no arms. The parishioners decided to leave the crucifix in that truncated state as a reminder to onlookers that they are to become Christ’s arms. The God of Ignatian […]

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Experiencing God in the Ordinary by William A. Barry, SJ, nurtures our hope that God is always present and can be found in an ordinary day.

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Imagining Mary’s Moments Before the Assumption

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 05:30

Mary speaks on only four occasions in Scripture, and her last recorded words are, “Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:5) In the tradition of Ignatian contemplation, I imagine Mary’s final moments before the Assumption. I feel presumptuous putting words in her mouth, but it helps me pray her Assumption. I felt my son’s voice, […]

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In The Inner Chapel: Embracing the Promises of God, Becky Eldredge introduces readers to the sacred place within each person where God wants to love us unconditionally.

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Summer Prayer

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 05:30

My Sweet Lord, The rain in the Northwest has ended. Summer has arrived. Our days are once again filled with glorious sun. We need this. We need to be able to get out of our homes, to get outside, to breathe fresh air, and to see your magnificent creation. We need the rays of light […]

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In The Inner Chapel: Embracing the Promises of God, Becky Eldredge introduces readers to the sacred place within each person where God wants to love us unconditionally.

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