10 Ideas for Lent

Ash Wednesday is March 1, 2017, so today we’re highlighting some of the many Ignatian-inspired features designed to help you observe Lent. Living Lent Daily Foster a daily practice of spiritual calm where God is at the center. Living Lent Daily is an e-mail series delivering fresh reflections based on the Scriptures of Lent. Each day’s message includes a quotation from the day’s Scripture readings and a brief reflection to spur prayer and self-examination. The […]

There Is a Longing

Reader Mary Alice Teller suggests “There Is a Longing” as an Ignatian song to know. Watch a video of the song below, which includes the lyrics on screen. Original dotMagis blogger and Ignatian writer Jim Manney is a big fan of Finding God in Music, as he shared when we explored ways of finding God through the senses last summer. Reflect with today’s song, read Jim’s post, and then share with us how you find […]

Desires and Discernment

Sean Salai, SJ, interviewed writer, spiritual director, and Jesuit novice director Mark Thibodeaux, SJ, about discernment of spirits in the Ignatian tradition. When asked about distinctive features of the Ignatian approach, Thibodeaux replied: Probably the most surprising feature of the Ignatian approach is the premise that God’s will can often be discovered in our “great desires.” Much of Christian spirituality presumes that our desires are bad and will lead us to sinful actions. Ignatius believed […]

Becky Eldredge Social Media Takeover

Becky Eldredge will be a familiar name to regular readers of dotMagis. Spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer, Becky has been a long-time contributor to this blog. Now’s your chance to meet her at a special Facebook event, Monday, February 13, 2017. From 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CST, Becky will be hosting a “Social Media Takeover” and acting as the voice of Loyola Press’s Ignatian Spirituality Facebook channel. She will appear on Facebook LIVE […]

Consolation in Everyday Life

Consolation begins deep in the self that is grateful to God in all things. As G. K. Chesterton once explained, gratitude is happiness magnified by wonder. Jesus’ act at Cana shows how practical gratitude is: in the first place, Jesus intended his friends to be happy and have a good time. He and his mother came to this wedding party to enjoy it. When that enjoyment was threatened, Jesus felt impelled (with a little help […]

Competition

Whether you’re a runner or not, Colten Biro’s story may resonate. He notices a woman running on the opposite side of the street from his running path and feels competitive: I’m over seven miles into the run, and my legs begin quietly complaining about the increase. Still, I run. The beautiful leaves and color move a little faster past me, but I’m sure they are just as pretty, I think to myself. I give a […]

Picking Up the Ringing Phone of Prayer

At the Apostleship of Prayer, Philip Kosloski offers advice for What to do when nothing “happens” during prayer. Too often our problem with prayer is that we are not responding to God’s invitation to love and are searching for God in the clouds, not realizing that he is already here, waiting for us. God reassures us that he is here and waiting for our response through the prophet Jeremiah, “And you shall call upon me, […]

Keeping Things Secret

Ignatius warns against the false spirit’s trick of getting me to keep things secret from my mentors and companions. Common sense requires that I not tell everyone everything all the time. However, if my companions and mentors are well chosen and are trustworthy, there is virtually no reason to keep any part of my inner life secret from them. If I find myself doing so, chances are, the false spirit is afoot. When I am […]

Paying Attention

While in Paris, inspirational speaker Daniel Midson-Short learned the importance of paying attention. The lesson came from a silent woman, about whom Midson-Short says: “She knows that the greatest gift that you can give to another person is presence.” Watch the TEDx video below, and think about how you are paying attention to those around you.

Jesuit Retreats

The Midwest Jesuits recently featured a story “On Retreat with the Jesuits,” interesting in particular for readers who may not have previously experienced an Ignatian retreat. Silent prayer is part of many Jesuit retreats, but retreatants also typically meet one-on-one with a spiritual director. “Retreats are very much between a person and God,” says Fr. Chris Manahan, SJ, director of the Jesuit Retreat House on Lake Winnebago in Oshkosh, Wis. “Directors are only there to […]

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