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Honesty and Humility

May 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Prayer Is Like Bleeding Your Pipes

April 14, 2016 // 2 Comments

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 [...]

Pope Francis Made Some New Friends in Rome

March 1, 2016 // 2 Comments

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 [...]

The Joyful Season

February 2, 2016 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

Stories in Stones

January 26, 2016 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

Dear Pope Francis

January 18, 2016 // 0 Comments

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, [...]

Praying with America

December 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Prayer can be difficult to write about, because trying to explain it is something like trying to pin down a butterfly. The more you seek to capture it, the more it wants to escape. In the end, what [...]

Sacred Space Online and in Print

October 20, 2015 // 2 Comments

Many dotMagis readers will be familiar with Sacred Space, the website that has been providing Scripture-based prayer online since 1999. Now a joint apostolate of the Irish Jesuits and Loyola Press, [...]

What Stirs You to Love

October 15, 2015 // 1 Comment

St. Teresa said, “The important thing is not to think much but to love much; and do that which best stirs you to love.” Divine love is beyond our comprehension, but we must begin somewhere. I [...]

Resisting Grace

October 7, 2015 // 4 Comments

Grace can’t be earned, but it can be resisted. There are times when we prefer darkness to light, when revenge feels good and pleasure trumps virtue. Hating those who wound us comes easier and, at [...]
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