About Lisa Kelly
Lisa Kelly is a wife, mother, and Ignatian Associate living in Omaha, Nebraska. She works to help organizations integrate spirituality into their planning and systems. She and her husband, Tom, completed the 19th Annotation in 2005, just prior to spending two years living in the Dominican Republic with their three young children, supporting the work of the Jesuit Institute for Latin American Concern. Additionally they have lived in El Salvador and Bolivia for extended periods.

The Money Examen

Who knew that St. Ignatius, aside from being a battlefield warrior, a prolific letter-writer, and a spiritual genius, also left wisdom for financial situations? Of course, in his day and today, many would say that a man who came from the wealthier class only to deny it all and end up begging on the streets must not be too financially savvy. However, after a bit of moderation, Ignatius seems to have found the true key […]

Eating as Prayer

In preparing to write this blog post on eating as prayer, I did significant firsthand research on the subject. Three times a day I ate a meal. Sometimes between meals I would snack. Sometimes my meal was small pieces of fruit, other times four-course events with friends. I ate hot fudge sundaes. Salads with a garden full of veggies. Burgers on the grill. A bowl of cereal. Time of day didn’t matter. Amount eaten didn’t […]

Angry at God

A friend of mine recently shared that her daughter was angry with God. A dear friend was facing cancer and her daughter was sure God could do something but wasn’t, and she was mad. Anger is an understandable stage in the grief process. We want someone to blame. In our desperation to make things right, we begin to think of God as someone we can bargain with, persuade, cajole, or beg into fulfilling our wish […]

Our Road to Emmaus

This post is based on Week Eight of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. Like many of us today, the disciples on the road to Emmaus were at a loss and in despair over a world seemingly gone mad, seeing the foundational principles of the world around them being shaken and living in fear for their own lives. The horror and shock of the Crucifixion had overwhelmed all hope and threatened the teachings of love and compassion […]

Remember How Much I Love You

This post is based on Week Seven of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. It is the night of the Passover meal, the night before your death. You are not the calm, controlled, repetitive voice we hear each week at Mass. You are desperate, eager, attentive, and emotional. You say, “You have no idea how much I have looked forward to eating this meal with you.” You are with your closest companions for the last time as […]

Blessed Are Those in the Crowd

This post is based on Week Six of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. For all of my life as I have heard the Beatitudes read, my first reaction has been: “Which one am I? I am definitely not the poor in spirit. Am I the peacemaker? Am I the one who hungers for righteousness?” Essentially I saw the teaching as who I needed to be to be “in” with Jesus. So after 40-plus years of trying […]

Voting for Jesus

This post is based on Week Five of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. Recently Jimmy Kimmel played a sketch in which the actual words of political candidates were instead said by “Jesus the candidate” standing behind a podium in a first-century tunic under modern election banners. The words and the image intentionally collided in a way that showed the absurdity of some political arguments in the face of Christ’s call to unconditional love. For many 21st-century […]

From Bethlehem to Nogales

This post is based on Week Four of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. A young girl of maybe 16, wearing all her worldly possessions, sits in the middle of a lunch table and shares her story. Although her words must be translated and the temperature is near freezing, her audience pays rapt attention. They are mainly upper middle-class professionals, administrators from Jesuit colleges and universities, who have come to the Arizona-Mexico border town of Nogales to […]

Healthy Confusion

This post is based on Week Three of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. Ignatian spirituality has a way of flipping upside down everything I thought I knew about faith. For years of classes in the Catechism, ethics, and theology, the focus was on clearly understanding the Catholic worldview. This was right and that was wrong. The answers were clear. Follow the “do’s” and avoid the “don’ts” and you are good to go. All of that works […]

Where Did That Come From?

This post is based on Week Two of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. From out of nowhere, my phone rings. I check the number. One of two things is likely to happen. Either my heart leaps and a huge smile crosses my face (I have been longing for this call.), or I bite my lip and feel my heart recoil a bit (I have to deal with this.). As I do my daily Examen and look […]

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