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Lenten Read-Along: The Lost Sheep Imaginative Reflection

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By Marina Berzins McCoy

Pray with an Ignatian contemplation on the Parable of the Lost Sheep from Luke 15:4–7. This exercise is inspired by Step Two in The Ignatian Guide to Forgiveness. The exercise is provided as a video for those who appreciate some visual accompaniment to lead them into prayer and as an audio file for those who […]

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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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Waking Up to God in All Things

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 05:30

This post is based on Week Two of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. When I was expecting my oldest child almost 32 years ago, I remember noticing how many other women were pregnant. Everywhere I turned I either saw an expectant woman or a brand-new baby. On television, dozens of commercials pitched their products to me. […]

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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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The Miracle of the Eight Dresses and Other Memories

Mon, 02/22/2021 - 05:30

My “Grammie Margie” was like a butterfly that spreads joy throughout the garden. Her garden was the entire town, and she touched the lives of everyone in it. When she died, I dreamt of her smiling at me in front of her little heavenly English-cottage garden. She stood under an arched, white arbor covered in […]

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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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Lenten Read-Along: Where Do We Begin with Forgiveness?

Fri, 02/19/2021 - 05:30

Forgiveness can be complicated. I can think of times in my life when I wanted to forgive, but I felt “stuck” in something that stood in the way. For example, maybe I had a conflict with a family member when I continued to think that I was right and the other person was wrong. The […]

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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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Experiencing God’s Love

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 05:30

This post is based on Week One of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. I found myself in a desperate situation just over ten years ago. During that time of struggle, a staggering realization met me face to face: I didn’t trust God with my son. It was an unsettling epiphany. I had joined a 12-step group […]

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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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What Would You Ask God?

Mon, 02/15/2021 - 05:30

My 11-year-old son asks the best questions. He can get a conversation going in any situation. I overheard a lively discussion at the playground when he asked a group of kids, “Which is better, dogs or cats?” I won’t tell you which won, or it might cause another fight. Once on a long car drive, […]

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For all who sense that there is a missing peace in their lives, Busy Lives & Restless Souls by Becky Eldredge will help them find it—right where they are.

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Marveling at the Promise

Fri, 02/12/2021 - 05:30

This story is inspired by Genesis 9:8–15, the first reading for the First Sunday of Lent. “Dad, we’ve got to unpack the ark.” “I know, son. But first I really must savor a moment thanking God a little longer. Sit down with me.” “But Dad, I’m worried about the animals.” “Shem, stop fretting. They’ve been […]

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For all who sense that there is a missing peace in their lives, Busy Lives & Restless Souls by Becky Eldredge will help them find it—right where they are.

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It Matters to Jesus

Wed, 02/10/2021 - 05:30

A friend called me the other day, and as soon as I answered the phone, she said through tears, “Becky, I had a huge ‘aha’ this morning. It matters to Jesus what I have gone through. Every bit of it. It matters to Jesus.” A huge smile came across my face, tears welled in my […]

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For all who sense that there is a missing peace in their lives, Busy Lives & Restless Souls by Becky Eldredge will help them find it—right where they are.

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The Ashes We Receive

Mon, 02/08/2021 - 05:30

My preparation for Ash Wednesday most years begins with clearing my calendar for that day. I look at the list of people I accompany as a hospice chaplain and begin making phone calls. “Would you like me to come by with ashes on Ash Wednesday?” I ask. The answer is never no. “Oh, that would […]

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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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What’s the Real Problem I Am Trying to Solve?

Fri, 02/05/2021 - 05:30

One of my most challenging classes freshman year in college was physics. I remember going through class after class being completely perplexed as the professor talked about things like friction, acceleration, and velocity with ease. I copied down formula after formula to feel like I was at least doing something. Halfway through freshman year, I […]

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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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Forgiveness: Making Friends with Time

Wed, 02/03/2021 - 05:30

Marina Berzins McCoy’s new book, The Ignatian Guide to Forgiveness, may be one of the best resources for spiritual health available to people who are wounded. I have read various books on forgiveness over the years (We always need help with that, don’t we?) and will probably continue reading books about it. We will need […]

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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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Growing in Friendship with God This Lent (Video)

Mon, 02/01/2021 - 05:30

With Lent fast approaching, it’s a good time to reflect anew on our relationship with God. The IgnatianSpirituality.com series, Growing in Friendship with God This Lent, invites a deep look into ideas of friendship with God and knowing Jesus. The series of reflections is based on Lenten Meditations by William A. Barry, SJ, available in […]

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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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Lessons in Hope and Courage: Las Hermanas Dominicas of Puerto Rico

Fri, 01/29/2021 - 05:30

On the eve of the pandemic lockdown last year, I was visiting a congregation of Dominican nuns whose story I have held close to my heart for the last many months. Their story is, for me, a parable of hope and courage in the face of trial. Just weeks earlier, these women had lived through […]

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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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Staring Our Way to Recognition

Wed, 01/27/2021 - 07:35

Have you ever seen something that you could not identify as anything familiar, and so all you could do was stare at it in a rather stupid way? When I was a teenager I once saw an apparition while walking at night on a country road. It looked as if someone in a white robe […]

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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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Treasures and Spiritual Boxes

Mon, 01/25/2021 - 05:30

I’m the kind of mom who thinks every stick figure her child draws is a masterpiece. As a result, I’ve found it hard to let go of any of my children’s papers or artwork. I once read that it is easier to let go of children’s creations if one sets them aside for a while, […]

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Discover 10 habits for a better life (and world) with Chris Lowney’s Make Today Matter.

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Six Characteristics of Ignatian Courage

Fri, 01/22/2021 - 05:30

In response to a college admission essay prompt of, “What is the most courageous thing you have ever done?” one high school senior used a whole sheet of paper to write simply, “This.” Gutsy? Courageous? Those words may seem interchangeable, but only courage comes from the Spirit of God. Thankfully, Ignatian spirituality offers six characteristics […]

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Discover 10 habits for a better life (and world) with Chris Lowney’s Make Today Matter.

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Getting Ready for Lent 2021

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 05:30

Ash Wednesday is February 17, 2021, so today we’re highlighting just a few of the many Ignatian-inspired features designed to help you observe Lent. The Ignatian Guide to Forgiveness Lenten Read-Along Plan now to join a special Lenten read-along with Loyola Press. We’ll be reading The Ignatian Guide to Forgiveness: 10 Steps to Healing at […]

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Discover 10 habits for a better life (and world) with Chris Lowney’s Make Today Matter.

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Five Ways of Praying Through Sorrow

Mon, 01/18/2021 - 05:30

It is hard not to hear our cries of sorrow and prayers of lament. Our world and all in it are groaning. I feel like I see and hear suffering around me everywhere I turn. A question I get asked often in spiritual direction and retreat ministry is, “How do I pray through sorrow and […]

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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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God in the Ordinary Bingo

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 05:30

Where have you experienced God in the ordinary moments of life? William A. Barry, SJ, explored that question in his book, Experiencing God in the Ordinary. To encourage people to think about finding God in all things, some less-than-obvious, Loyola Press created a God in the Ordinary Bingo game inspired by Barry’s book. Download the […]

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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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Writing Spiritual Autobiography as It Relates to the Spiritual Exercises, Part 2

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 05:30

In terms of the Spiritual Exercises, one critical goal of writing a spiritual autobiography is to recognize God’s action in our past: God’s presence, grace, and gifts to us. If you have done the exercises of Part 1, then you have looked at significant wounds and sins in your life story, and you have received […]

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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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