About Denise Gorss
Denise Gorss volunteers as a junior-high catechist. She appreciates the gifts of Ignatian spirituality and likes sharing various types of prayer with the young people in her groups. She enjoys seeing the world on pilgrimages and lives in the Chicago area, where she works as Web Editor at Loyola Press.

Finding God on Black Friday

Whether you love shopping or hate it, the day after Thanksgiving here in the U.S. has become a feast celebrating consumerism. We can complain all we want about the out-of-control commercialization that usurps Thanksgiving dinner earlier and earlier each year with store openings, the start of sales, and the crowds on Friday at the malls, but there’s another way to look at what’s commonly known as Black Friday. For years my sister and I have […]

Halloween and Imagination

Whether you love Halloween or hate it, the holiday is a popular one. People love to dress up and pretend to be something else for the day. Do we ever stop to think about what we’re really pretending to be, or if we could use our imagination for greater benefit? Some people say they have no imagination, but then they go out and pretend on Halloween. That’s a grand night of imagination. Whether sharing stories […]

What the Examen Has in Common with Sports Commentary

As I was writing the Olympics post, it struck me that the Examen prayer has much in common with sports commentary. One version of the steps in the Examen reads: Become aware of God’s presence. Review the day with gratitude. Pay attention to your emotions. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it. Look toward tomorrow. Look at those steps through the lens of sports commentary, especially in an ongoing event like the […]

Seven Things the Olympics Have in Common with Ignatian Spirituality

I love watching the Olympics. Summer or winter games, the spirit of camaraderie and competition draws me to the television. As the countdown to the next Olympic Games shortens, I’m thinking about what the games have in common with Ignatian spirituality. History—The modern Olympics date back to 1896, but the games originated in ancient times. Ignatian spirituality is a tradition dating back to the 16th century. Magis—Seeking the greater, the excellent, the best: this is […]