The Wisdom of Walter J. Ciszek, SJ

Loyola Press just published a collection of writings by Walter J. Ciszek, SJ. If you recognize that name, it’s because Ciszek, a Jesuit priest, survived 23 years in Russian prisons and labor camps, was presumed dead, but then returned to the U.S. in a prisoner exchange in 1963. He wrote about his experiences in With God in Russia, a book well-received and widely read. He followed that with a book of more devotional writing: He […]

St. Ignatius Loyola’s 10 Guidelines for Negotiating Life’s Journey

One June morning, Brendan McManus, SJ, stepped out for a much-needed walk—to be exact, a 500-mile hike on Spain’s renowned Camino de Santiago. A few years earlier, his brother had committed suicide, and the tragedy left Brendan physically, psychologically, and spiritually wounded. Something radical was required to rekindle his passion for life and renew his faith in God. In Redemption Road: From Grief to Peace through Walking the Camino de Santiago, McManus tells his story […]

The Challenges of Life

When we are in transition, depending on how serious the breakdown is, we may feel as though almost every aspect of life has been disrupted. The old certainties, the old habits and comfort zones, have been dive-bombed. The old home, the old job, the old “me,” may be almost gone. It may be the time to ask, “What is that essential core of who I am that remains through all this upheaval?” This is an […]

Blessed by Less

Your life is an overflowing closet. You know it is. There are sweatshirts folded up in a corner of your mind where your children’s birthdays should be stored. That worry about the rust on the car is taking up the space that you had reserved for a slow cup of tea in the morning. I know how you feel. And guess what? There’s a way to get stuff back where it belongs: let go of […]

Honesty and Humility

Honesty is an integral part of humility, which means saying yes to our humanness, accepting both the agony and the ecstasy of our creaturehood. We are of the earth—humus—and are called to embrace the totality of who we are. To accept our limitations and fulfill our potential takes courage. Humility—accepting the truth—requires honesty. Honesty and humility demand surrender or a letting go of our desire for control, security, esteem, and approval. Honesty and humility call […]

Prayer Is Like Bleeding Your Pipes

I grew up in a house that was well over a hundred years old. This house had a series of cast-iron radiators to keep it warm. During the winter months, the furnace would kick in and the heat and pressure would move the warmed water through the pipes and heat the house (when the furnace wasn’t broken). Every year, though, we had to bleed the air from the pipes, which means we had to open […]

Pope Francis Made Some New Friends in Rome

Pope Francis answers 30 questions from children around the world in the newly released Dear Pope Francis. Last week at the Vatican, he met some of his young correspondents. As reported in America magazine: The children, all excited, were sitting on the ground, in a semi-circle in front of the pope’s chair, when Francis arrived with a big smile. They immediately jumped to their feet and joyfully embraced him with great affection, much to his […]

The Joyful Season

Lent originally meant “springtime,” and so we can view it as a springtime for the spirit. It is a time also to spring clean the cave of our hearts! Whatever the variations in the practice of Lent over the last 2,000 years, the main issue is whether Lent helps me to become more aware of how I stand in relation to God and my neighbor. The ancient practices designed to achieve these goals were fasting, […]

Stories in Stones

I have a little bag of pebbles. They’re so attractive that I use them as visual aids for retreats and workshops. One day during a retreat in Ireland, I spread out the stones on a table. To my delight, one morning I find two of the participants poring over them, handling them as if they were diamonds, and marveling to one another. When I express my surprise, they explain that they have been missionaries in […]

Dear Pope Francis

What would you write in a letter to the Pope? Children around the world were invited to send their questions to Pope Francis, and he personally responded to 30 of them in his first book for children, Dear Pope Francis. Tom McGrath of Loyola Press talked to the Wall Street Journal and explained how the project came to be. Letters came from 26 countries on six continents, and the final collection includes 30 letters and […]

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