About Becky Eldredge
Becky Eldredge is a writer and spiritual director in Baton Rouge, LA. She holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education from Louisiana State University and a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University New Orleans. She has her Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Spring Hill College. Becky has been involved in ministry for 15 years, with the majority of her work in retreat ministry and adult faith formation. While ministry is one of her passions, her greatest joy is sharing life with her husband, Chris, and her children, Brady, Abby, and Mary. Find more from Becky at her site, http://beckyeldredge.com.

Making Room for God Invitation

Dear dotMagis Readers, I don’t know about you, but for the last few weeks I’ve been readying my calendar for 2017, making goals and resolutions, and beginning anew. Maybe you’re in a similar mode right now—preparing, looking ahead, planning, and refining. A new year provides us with a fresh start and a chance to reset our thinking about what’s to come. As we go through this annual process, are we allowing God to be part […]

Yearly Check-In for Couples

My years of being immersed in Ignatian spirituality have taught me the importance of being intentional—to be dedicated to my prayer life, to be dedicated to discernment, and to live purposefully. It is this idea of intentionality that I offer to all couples this new year as we naturally start setting our sights on goals, resolutions, and dreams. Instead of picking the first thing that comes to mind for our New Year’s resolutions, consider a […]

Discerning as a Couple

Discerning as an individual is something that’s covered at length in the world of Ignatian spirituality. But what about discerning as a couple? The framework my husband Chris and I use for discernment is not that different from the framework I recommend people use for discerning as an individual. The major difference is there are two people’s voices and experiences of prayer, and there is the larger context of marriage and family life in which […]

What Gifts We Notice in the Examen

How does a person develop a thankful heart? It starts with having an attitude of gratitude. The Examen is a powerful prayer tool to help us cultivate a stance of grateful living. All five steps of the Examen are rooted in principles of gratitude. Asking the Spirit for help in seeing our day: The Spirit calls us to action, moving in us and through us. The Spirit works in and through others and helps us […]

Five Ways the Examen Can Play a Role in Marriage

I remain thankful for all who taught me Ignatian spirituality. It is not only the spirituality that guides my relationship with God, but it is also the spirituality that guides my marriage. Here are five ways the Examen can play a role in marriage. 1. The Examen helps us pray our marriage. When I teach someone about the Examen, I often say, “It helps you pray your life.” Our relationships and marriages are significant pieces […]

What Does Ignatian Spirituality Have to Offer Parents?

Being a parent is one of the most rewarding and challenging jobs I have. It is full of joy and small sacramental moments that often point me toward God amidst the mundane tasks of my day—the pure happiness on my infant daughter’s face every time she sees one of our family members, the wonder at watching a child grow and develop, the lightheartedness and laughter that explodes from my older two as they burst through […]

Breathing in the Silence

I found myself this morning reflecting on an experience that occurred a few years ago during a Charis retreat. It was a Friday night in March, and I stepped outside the chapel into the cool air during a period of sacred silence. As the doors of the chapel closed behind me, I caught a glimpse again of the 30 young adults who were in total silence and prayer. The silence came with me as I took […]

Encountering God through the Smells of Childhood

In her new book, Taste and See: Experiencing the Goodness of God with Our Five Senses, Ginny Kubitz Moyer offers us a beautiful Examen that invites us to reflect on the smells of childhood. My reflection with that Examen opened up a world of childhood memories. I remembered how I loved the smell of my mother’s cooking when I came home from school. The scent welcomed me home and let me know I was where […]

When Did You First Encounter the Risen Christ?

I took a long sip of my hot coffee to give me a minute to process his question. Sitting across from me was a man in his late twenties who had just asked me, “When did you first encounter the Risen Christ?” His question made me pause. Not only was I thrown off by the depth of his question within minutes of meeting each other, but I was not prepared to be the one asked this […]

Lessons from Being the New Person in a Community

The last eight years feel like they were one continual transition. Three cross-country moves and two cross-city moves have made our family the new members in communities numerous times. Even now, as we settle into the city that my husband and I grew up in, we are the newbies yet again as we seek to get acclimated to our church community, our children’s school community, and our larger civic community. Here are a few things […]

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