Books

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 […]

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Hospitality is much more than a simple welcome or an offer of food or drink. Hospitality is an attitude of heart that opens us to others and receives them on their own terms. Henri Nouwen speaks of hospitality as a move from hostility to friendship: “Hospitality, therefore, means primarily the creation of a free space […]

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Time magazine is running an exclusive excerpt from Elisabetta Piqué’s new biography of Pope Francis: Life and Revolution. Read it here. Since Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis in 2013, countless books have been written to help the world understand this deeply complex yet simple servant of God. What sets Pope Francis: Life and Revolution […]

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Jim Manney’s latest book is an invitation to clearly see, feel, and experience God’s presence through an Ignatian lens in our daily lives. The only 365-daily reading book written explicitly from the point of view of Ignatian spirituality, An Ignatian Book of Days guides us to find God in all things, every day. Manney writes […]

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We have not always made choices that lead us to praise, honor, and serve God. We have not always acted as if we believe that we are loved. We have not always treated everything in our lives as a gift. We come to the humbling awareness that we are sinners, that we have often been […]

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Fewer words make space for quiet listening. Some people pray through meditation, some say memorized prayers, some absorb the wonder of creation and see that “It is good.” Some look at that same creation and are frightened by the power of wind, rain, and fire, wondering about the source of such a destructive force. Finding […]

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Yesterday we celebrated the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola. Tomorrow is the feast day of St. Peter Faber, one of Ignatius’s first companions. In his honor, enjoy this excerpt from The Quiet Companion by Mary Purcell. Peter [Faber] had come to Paris a youth of nineteen reared in a home protected from outside influences by […]

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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 […]

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In the below video, Vinita Hampton Wright reads a passage from The Church of Mercy by Pope Francis. The excerpt focuses on the theme of God’s patience. If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the video God Always Waits for Us.

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In The Church of Mercy by Pope Francis, readers get a first-hand look at the pope’s vision of the good news of Christian hope and mercy. Today we are happy to share this excerpt from the book, now available for pre-order. I am always struck when I reread the parable of the merciful father; it […]

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