What I Did Each Morning

We’ve been given this insane gift of life. We’re living in the midst of the Resurrection. And all day, all night, still our hearts ask, Where is God? Early in my sobriety I began to realize that God was the things, or in or behind the things, or had created the things, that I’d loved my whole life. Bach cantatas, all flowers, all birds. The man or woman who suffered and who didn’t complain and […]

When I Feel Unseen and Insignificant

The popular prayer site Sacred Space is a joint apostolate of the Irish Jesuits and Loyola Press. We publish the Sacred Space books for Advent and Lent, and a Sacred Space prayer book for the year. This year, we compiled Sacred Space materials that focus on the topic of encouragement, and the result is Sacred Space: A Little Book of Encouragement. For your encouragement today, enjoy this sample. When I Feel Unseen and Insignificant Soon […]

One Reason Only: To Love God

Often, we talk so much about our lives and the lives of our neighbors—what we should do to fill our lives with God’s grace and peace and happiness, what we must do to make our neighbor’s life happy—that we forget the basic reason why you and I and all men live. We live and breathe and have our being for one reason only: to love God. God created us for this one reason, to love […]

At the Turning of the Year

“Now bless thyself: thou met’st with things dying, I with things newborn.” —William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale With every new beginning, we look back over “things dying.” We look forward to “things newborn” and we hear those first three words, ringing out an invitation to us to bless ourselves, and allow ourselves to be blessed. Can we believe that God blesses all that is past? All of the last dying year? The projects, the relationships, […]

Beautiful Feet

There is no Ash Wednesday for Advent, no day before the first Sunday to let us know what’s coming. But the readings today, on the feast of St. Andrew, have that feel. They echo the prophets. “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the one bringing good news!” Isaiah once cried. “At this moment on the mountains,” cried Nahum, “the footsteps of one announcing peace!” Shhhh. Listen. Can you hear them drawing near, […]

A Spirituality of the Present Moment

An Augustinian, a Franciscan, and a Jesuit all die and go to heaven. Jesus asks each one: “If you could go back, what would you change about your life?” The Augustinian pondered and then said, “There’s so much sin in the world. If I went back, I’d try and stop people from committing so much sin.” The Franciscan thought a bit before saying, “There’s so much poverty in the world. If I went back, I’d […]

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 […]

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