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The Present Moment

Fri, 10/22/2021 - 05:30

By Melinda LeBlanc

“Blessed are those who live in the present moment, for they shall see God in all things.” If I had been around when the Beatitudes were being written, I would have asked for this one to be included. For me, living in the present moment is just as important a virtue as meekness, peacemaking, being […]

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In God’s Voice Within, Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ, shows us how to use Ignatian discernment to understand that the most trustworthy wisdom of all comes not from outside sources, but from God working through us.

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Hydrated in God’s Love

Wed, 10/20/2021 - 05:30

By Loretta Pehanich

Most people would assume that water beads as tiny as pinheads are useless and worthless. But add water, and they fluff up to be the size of large marbles. They’re translucent and brightly colored. When fully saturated, they’re used in vases to hold up flowers. The dry beads hold so much potential. Just add water […]

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A Friendship Like No Other by William A. Barry, SJ, offers a fresh approach to becoming a friend of God.

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Happy Birthday, St. Ignatius!

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

While no one is sure of what day St. Ignatius was born, some sources place it on October 23, 1491. During Ignatius’s birthday week, we’re hosting a surprise party with a twist—instead of surprising the honoree, let’s notice God’s surprises all around us and find God in those moments as Ignatius taught us to do. […]

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A Friendship Like No Other by William A. Barry, SJ, offers a fresh approach to becoming a friend of God.

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Creativity and Love

Fri, 10/15/2021 - 05:30

By Fiona Basile

Recently, I was babysitting my eight-year-old nephew, Joshua. At day’s end, we were snuggled in and had said some prayers. Ever inquisitive and curious about the bigger questions in life, we’d discussed angels and saints and the whereabouts of our loved ones who’d died. Still on big things, Josh started sharing his knowledge of “googal,” […]

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A Friendship Like No Other by William A. Barry, SJ, offers a fresh approach to becoming a friend of God.

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Discernment of Spirits and the Missioned Life

Wed, 10/13/2021 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

Discernment of spirits isn’t just for adults. Help teens ask themselves how they make decisions, and lead them to practice discernment so that they can live a life of meaning and purpose. Loyola Press, in honor of the Ignatian Year, offers an introductory lesson on Discernment of Spirits and the Missioned Life. Read with high […]

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In Small Simple Ways: An Ignatian Daybook for Healthy Spiritual Living, author, editor, and retreat leader Vinita Hampton Wright offers her trademark compassion and encouragement to lift readers up and help propel them forward.

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Wake Up and Love

Mon, 10/11/2021 - 05:30

By Marina Berzins McCoy

This past summer on my annual retreat, I entered the time of retreat uncertain as to what I wanted from God. Of course, I always desire to grow closer to Christ and to be renewed for the year ahead. I hope for the consolations that can come with a retreat. But as the retreat went […]

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In Small Simple Ways: An Ignatian Daybook for Healthy Spiritual Living, author, editor, and retreat leader Vinita Hampton Wright offers her trademark compassion and encouragement to lift readers up and help propel them forward.

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On Patience

Fri, 10/08/2021 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

When I hear the word saint, the first image that comes to my mind is not some Carmelite nun kneeling in a darkened chapel fingering her rosary beads. Now, I am sure many Carmelite nuns are saints, but they are not the first things I think of. The first image that comes to my mind […]

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In Small Simple Ways: An Ignatian Daybook for Healthy Spiritual Living, author, editor, and retreat leader Vinita Hampton Wright offers her trademark compassion and encouragement to lift readers up and help propel them forward.

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Beholding the Moment

Wed, 10/06/2021 - 05:30

By Tim Muldoon

I’m reading through essays that my students have submitted in response to the assignment to spend one hour in nature, undisturbed by phones or to-do lists. They write about the maelstroms of stimuli coursing through their over-busy minds. They write about memories that have surfaced: of times at home with parents, grandparents, or siblings, playing […]

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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 Quiet Miracle

Mon, 10/04/2021 - 05:30

By Gretchen Crowder

“May you take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention.” —John O’Donohue I recently began the Fourth Week of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. One of my first assignments was to spend some time contemplating Mary meeting Jesus after the Resurrection. The fruits that came from that unique prayer experience took […]

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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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Autumn Panic

Fri, 10/01/2021 - 05:30

By Mary Ann Gessner

I was a city kid until I moved to rural Vermont in 1979, where even now there are more trees than people. The northeast corner of Vermont is known for the exquisite fall foliage. People come from around the world to soak in the saturated reds and yellows and orange of the leaves, the brilliant […]

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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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Friendship and Harmony with God

Wed, 09/29/2021 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

God, who is Love itself, creates a universe that is good from its beginning (because God is good). Over time, human beings in the image and likeness of God evolve and take their place in this ongoing project of God. Endowed with intelligence and free will, we humans are invited to be God’s friends and […]

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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 Discipline of Noticing

Mon, 09/27/2021 - 05:30

By Shemaiah Gonzalez

There are lines from a poem by Ted Kooser to his mother that I think about often. In the poem, simply called “Mother,” Kooser grieves after his mother’s death. He misses her. But it’s the last lines that haunt me: Were it not for the way you taught me to look at the world, to […]

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

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Seven Ignatian Tips for Moving Forward in Uncertain Times

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 05:30

By Rebecca Ruiz

I just feel unsettled. I’m undecided. I don’t know what to do. I keep hearing the same sentiments from friends, and I get it. We were all hoping to have moved on by now, returned to normal. Yet, here we are, neither here nor there. Everything is tentative, and long-awaited plans are being postponed—again. How […]

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

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An Experiment in Praydreaming

Wed, 09/22/2021 - 05:30

By Vinita Hampton Wright

Last week, I introduced the concept of praydreaming: allowing yourself to daydream prayerfully. Today, I’m suggesting an exercise in praydreaming. Use it as is or work with it until you can use it in a way that suits you. Give yourself 15 minutes to be free of obligations or problem-solving or any other tasks. You […]

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

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Doing Dishes with Our Father

Mon, 09/20/2021 - 05:30

By Loretta Pehanich

The Scripture verses included in the following imaginative contemplation are not exact translations but rather an invitation to readers to look up the texts to deepen their experience of this post. I imagine Jesus at 22 or so, treasuring each ordinary day in his “hidden” life, making the mundane sacred. “Jesus, dear, would you mind […]

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

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Recognizing God

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

Fewer words make space for quiet listening. Some people pray through meditation, some say memorized prayers, some absorb the wonder of creation and see that “It is good.” Some look at that same creation and are frightened by the power of wind, rain, and fire, wondering about the source of such a destructive force. Finding […]

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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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Imagination and Praydreaming

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 05:30

By Vinita Hampton Wright

May we all grow in our creativity as we move from summer to autumn. May we exercise our imaginations in new ways. Here’s one for starters: praydreaming. Following is an explanation from Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ, from his book, Reimagining the Ignatian Examen. Ignatius was a master daydreamer. He could do it for hours on […]

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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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Dealing with Annoyances

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 05:30

By Marina Berzins McCoy

Last year, I wrote a book on the topic of forgiveness, and lately I have been thinking about a separate but related topic: how do we cope with the human reality of hurt feelings? It’s a bit different from the question of forgiveness, because I can be the kind of person who forgives easily but […]

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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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Accompaniment

Fri, 09/10/2021 - 05:30

By dotMagis Editor

Accompaniment is intimately linked to Ignatian spirituality and pedagogy. It always includes an element of personalized care and attention for the individual, whether via a spiritual companion, a pastoral care worker, or teachers. The key thing is being there. But first of all, you need to be close to them. If you are not readily […]

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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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Middle School

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 05:30

By Shemaiah Gonzalez

I have two middle-school age sons, and the word of the hour is awkward! They are tired all the time from their ever-morphing bodies. They fall asleep in odd times and places: a friend’s couch, in the middle of a five-minute car ride to the store, while putting on their pajamas. Without a good handle […]

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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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