What would it be like to share the Gospel not through words, but through a vision of what is beautiful? Giuseppe Castiglione, who became known as Láng Shìníng (郎世寧) during his 51 years in China, painted in the court of three emperors and influenced Chinese painters to write the first book on Western painting. His work is commemorated today in over 40 Chinese postage stamps, not to mention his many museum pieces in Beijing and Taipei. Below is a […]
Leah Libresco, a former atheist and a fellow writer at Patheos, describes in America Magazine how she came to appreciate praying the rosary: Since I’m a convert, learning to pray was basically like learning a foreign language…. [O]ne prayer I struggled with was the Rosary. It was the most stereotypically Catholic prayer I could think of, but it was hard for me to progress through the beads and Hail Marys without getting frustrated or self-conscious. I […]
A member of Contemplative Leaders in Action, my former student E. writes a lovely blog, A Call to Joy. In light of recent news about the Synod on the Family, which is addressing neuralgic questions about the Church’s ministry, it is fruitful to share her meditations on being called to marriage. On the one hand, it feels impossible to capture the intimate mix of joy and sacrifice, of both lighthearted and difficult conversations, of learning how to balance my […]
Rod Dreher offers a thoughtful reflection on his first read of Dante’s Divine Comedy in his late 40’s, discovering a wish that he’d read it much earlier in his life. It is, he says, a roadmap to false desire. What if I had encountered Dante as a young man and taken the lessons the pilgrim learned on his journey to heart back then? Would I have had an easier time staying on the straight path? […]
What would it be like to practice love so regularly, so faithfully, over the course of a lifetime, such that one’s habit of loving becomes so ingrained into the fabric of one’s soul, that even if one should begin losing his mind the habit of loving breaks forth spontaneously, like the resonant chord of a hung bell’s bow swung? If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the video When Love Becomes an Instinct.
In celebration of our fifth anniversary, we’ve invited our dotMagis bloggers to reflect on the individual lines of St. Ignatius’s Prayer for Generosity. In his book Open Mind, Faithful Heart, then-Cardinal Jorge M. Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) describes the temptation to work only for results: Vainglorious is the person who prefers to be the general of defeated armies rather than a simple soldier in a squadron that continues to fight on even when it has […]
Thank you to all who joined in our Ignatian Workout for Lent. To close this retreat, Tim Muldoon invites you to consider the graces of Easter and how to integrate them into daily life. If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to listen to Tim’s retreat conclusion. Learn more about the book that inspired this retreat.
Our Ignatian Workout for Lent now turns our attention to the Resurrection. Where will we recognize Jesus this Easter season? Listen to Tim Muldoon’s reflection below. If you’d like, share some of your own reflections in the comments. Prayer Find an image or icon of Christ that allows you to see him with the eyes of your heart. Speak your heart to him. Listen to him. Action Express your love for someone who is a […]
During this Holy Week, our Ignatian Workout for Lent invites us to reflect on trial and suffering. Listen to Tim Muldoon’s reflection below. If you’d like, share some of your own reflections in the comments. Prayer What does a meditative reading of the story of the trial stir up in you? What trials have you faced, or are you facing? Can you find a place in your heart where you are willing to trust God […]
Jesus faced his suffering with resolve. That’s the message this week in our Ignatian Workout for Lent. Listen to Tim Muldoon’s reflection below. If you’d like, share some of your own reflections in the comments. Prayer Lord, you know my fears and you yourself knew what it was to be afraid in the face of suffering. Send me the consolation of your Holy Spirit, so that I, too, can face my fears with resolve, knowing […]