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Resistance in the Spiritual Life

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 05:30

Resistance is a term that is often used in descriptions of spiritual movements. In its simplest terms, it is used to describe when we resist God’s action, but what exactly does that look like? We can resist many things to which God might be calling us. For example: We can resist change, even though change […]

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Inner Compass by Margaret Silf is a practical and experience-based guide to greater self-knowledge and spiritual awareness through incorporating the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.

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To Labor and Not to Seek Reward

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 05:30

We’ve invited our dotMagis bloggers to reflect on the individual lines of the Prayer for Generosity, attributed to St. Ignatius. A few months ago, I was invited to give a retreat for a large group of ministry colleagues that I admire. Many of these colleagues were part of my own formation. In the weeks and […]

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Inner Compass by Margaret Silf is a practical and experience-based guide to greater self-knowledge and spiritual awareness through incorporating the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.

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What Do I Really Want?

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 05:30

The question to be constantly asked in decision-making is “what do I really want?” Deep down, that’s what God wants too. God wants what is best for us. This isn’t something repugnant, or burdensome, or sad, or difficult. The way of life that God desires for us is the way of life we desire. “What […]

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Inner Compass by Margaret Silf is a practical and experience-based guide to greater self-knowledge and spiritual awareness through incorporating the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.

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Yes, But…

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 05:30

“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” —St. Ambrose Monday She: I hate my job. He: Yes, but at least you’ve got a job! And it pays well. She: Yeah, but with gas prices going up, I need a good salary. He: Do you own your own car? She: Yeah, but the […]

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Inner Compass by Margaret Silf is a practical and experience-based guide to greater self-knowledge and spiritual awareness through incorporating the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.

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To Toil and Not to Seek for Rest

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 05:30

We’ve invited our dotMagis bloggers to reflect on the individual lines of the Prayer for Generosity, attributed to St. Ignatius. When I first met my now-husband, he was about to go on a trip to see his sister in Colorado. While he was there, he hiked the Manitou Incline. This steep, mile-long hike is along old railway ties […]

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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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How Do You Want Others to Remember You?

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 05:30

Let’s consider our own legacy—what people will remember about us when we’re gone. You might need pen and paper for this. If you died today, how would people describe your life? There’s no time to do anything differently—you’ve said and done all you can. Now all that’s left is the impression you made on others. […]

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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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Reflecting on the Beatitudes

Wed, 10/30/2019 - 05:30

On All Saints Day, the Gospel reading is Matthew 5:1–12, the Beatitudes. That makes it a good day to review some reflections our dotMagis bloggers have shared on the Beatitudes. Blessed Are Those in the Crowd by Lisa Kelly The Beatitudes Examen by Vinita Hampton Wright Holiness, the Beatitudes, and Discernment by Tim Muldoon Living […]

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

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To Fight and Not to Heed the Wounds

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 05:30

We’ve invited our dotMagis bloggers to reflect on the individual lines of the Prayer for Generosity, attributed to St. Ignatius. “To fight and not to heed the wounds.” Who is able to do this? Reflecting on this sentiment, the image of a knight comes to mind. Only one fortified by an utterly consuming commitment and devotion to the […]

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

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Physical Senses and Prayer

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 05:30

Prayer is a spiritual activity—isn’t it? It happens in mind, heart, soul, spirit . . . And yet, I’m in my body when I’m praying. My mind, heart, soul, and spirit are embodied. I cannot compartmentalize my experience into categories of spiritual as opposed to physical. God did not create me as one or the […]

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

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Important Choices

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 05:30

We make thousands of decisions every day—beginning with whether to jump out of bed in the morning or hit the snooze button. Some decisions are largely force of habit, but important decisions involve judgment and conscious choices. Ignatian spirituality can help in decision making, as the video below (part of the Ignatian Way series) explains.

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An Ignatian Book of Days is the only 365-daily reading book written explicitly from the point of view of Ignatian spirituality.

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To Give and Not to Count the Cost

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 05:30

We’ve invited our dotMagis bloggers to reflect on the individual lines of the Prayer for Generosity, attributed to St. Ignatius. My heart always sinks at the line in the Prayer for Generosity, “to give and not to count the cost,” because if I am truly honest with myself, I know I am always calculating the […]

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An Ignatian Book of Days is the only 365-daily reading book written explicitly from the point of view of Ignatian spirituality.

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St. Ignatius, a Mystic and a Beggar, Teaches Trust and Generosity

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 05:30

Last June, I traveled on a group pilgrimage to many places that were significant in St. Ignatius’s journey, including Manresa and Barcelona. Manresa, for Ignatius, was a place of solitude and an intense experience of a vivid and personal relationship with God, as well as service to the poor at a local hospital. Later, Ignatius […]

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An Ignatian Book of Days is the only 365-daily reading book written explicitly from the point of view of Ignatian spirituality.

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Hearing God’s Voice in the Busyness

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 05:30

On a recent retreat I facilitated, a woman approached me at the break and asked, “How do I hear God’s voice when the world is so loud and busy these days?” Knowing the challenge of hearing God’s voice in the busyness of life all too well myself, I chuckled and asked her, “Well, how much […]

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Not sure what to do? Ask St. Ignatius. Read Discovering Your Dream by Gerald M. Fagin, SJ.

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Teach Me to Serve You as You Deserve

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 05:30

We’ve invited our dotMagis bloggers to reflect on the individual lines of the Prayer for Generosity, attributed to St. Ignatius. If we think of service as optional, something we do because we want to, then our service will depend on our emotions, rationale, and will. I serve God because I’m feeling happy or grateful. I […]

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Not sure what to do? Ask St. Ignatius. Read Discovering Your Dream by Gerald M. Fagin, SJ.

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Perceive More Than the Weather

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 05:30

As we settle into autumn, consider these reflection points on Luke 12:54–59, excerpted from Sacred Space: The Prayer Book 2020 by the Irish Jesuits. A glance at the sky or a whiff of the wind, and you can have a good guess what the weather will be like. So, Jesus asks the crowds, why they […]

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Not sure what to do? Ask St. Ignatius. Read Discovering Your Dream by Gerald M. Fagin, SJ.

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Trust in the Poor Jesus

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 05:30

Jesus’ poverty is central for Ignatius’s Christology; it is at the heart of his being “Eternal King” and “Lord of all the world.” In the meditation on the “two Standards,” riches are the allurement of “the enemy.” One stands with Jesus by one’s willingness to share his poverty. Recall here from his memoirs how determined […]

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Not sure what to do? Ask St. Ignatius. Read Discovering Your Dream by Gerald M. Fagin, SJ.

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Lord Jesus, Teach Me to Be Generous

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 05:30

We’ve invited our dotMagis bloggers to reflect on the individual lines of the Prayer for Generosity, attributed to St. Ignatius. Teach me not to be stingy, God. Instruct me in ways that avoid greed. Jesus, you know how hard it is for me to pray this. I have so much, and I like my stuff. […]

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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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Shining in Their Smiles

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 05:30

I consider one of the greatest blessings I have right now to be watching my three little boys grow up. And it is a blessing I take for granted more often than not, I’m afraid. It is so easy to do when schedules are crazy, especially this time of year. It is the beginning of […]

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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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Uh-Oh!

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 05:30

When my grandson was just learning to communicate, “Uh-oh!” was one of his standby phrases. This is pretty common for young children, but what struck me was that he didn’t utter it only when something “bad” happened. Whenever there was any transition, such as going from one room to the next or getting in and […]

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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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Good Habits and the Examen

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 05:30

Praying the Examen is a good habit to establish. Every day, you review the day, notice where and how God was present, and notice how you responded to the day. You give thanks, ask forgiveness, and ask for help tomorrow. The Examen is a good “tracker” prayer that can help you keep up with yourself […]

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Experience the goodness of God with your five senses with help from Taste and See by Ginny Kubitz Moyer.

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