There Is a Longing

Reader Mary Alice Teller suggests “There Is a Longing” as an Ignatian song to know. Watch a video of the song below, which includes the lyrics on screen. Original dotMagis blogger and Ignatian writer Jim Manney is a big fan of Finding God in Music, as he shared when we explored ways of finding God through the senses last summer. Reflect with today’s song, read Jim’s post, and then share with us how you find […]

Finding God in the Soundtrack of Life

I once read that the music we listen to becomes the soundtrack of our life. I just love that sentiment! As in a movie with a great soundtrack, music can transport us in time and evoke in us emotions we had thought were long gone. Have you ever noticed how certain songs bring you right back in time? For me, “The Servant Song” is one of those songs. I remember singing this song in my […]

Finding God in Music

There’s something thoroughly Ignatian about finding God in music. St. Ignatius’s spiritual approach mostly bypasses the concepts and ideas stuffed into our heads and strives to touch the heart directly. That’s what music does too. Music is literally beyond words. There’s a scene in the movie The Mission that shows what I’m talking about. A Jesuit, loosely based on the missionary and martyr St. Roque Gonzalez, comes into the jungle to make contact with the […]

The Burning Babe

St. Robert Southwell, SJ, wrote a poem called “The Burning Babe,” describing a vision of Christ on Christmas Day. Here the poem is set to music and performed by the musician Sting. If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the video The Burning Babe.

Take, Lord, Receive Song

Today we have a musical break. The artist is Paul Melley, and the song is based on the Suscipe, or “Take, Lord, Receive” prayer. Free Electronic Press Kits template from ReverbNation.com If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to listen to “Take, Lord, Receive.”

Merry Christmas

On this Christmas Day, enjoy “The Wexford Carol” as sung by the Ignatian Schola, a Manhattan-based vocal group. If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the video “The Wexford Carol.” Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

On this Christmas Day, enjoy “The Huron Carol,” written by the Jesuit martyr St. Jean de Brébeuf. He wrote it in the language of the Huron/Wendat people of Canada. This video has a beautiful rendition, but to hear the song in Wendat, French, and English, watch “Jesus Ahatonhia.” If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the video “The Huron Carol.” Merry Christmas!

Best Ignatian Songs: Mercy Now

I recently discovered the haunting ballad “Mercy Now” by the roots singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier. It’s a lovely, heartfelt prayer: Yeah, we all could use a little mercy now I know we don’t deserve it But we need it anyhow We hang in the balance Dangle ‘tween hell and hallowed ground Every single one of us could use some mercy now Every single one of us could use some mercy now Lyrics here. (Go here to […]

Best Ignatian Songs: Annie’s Song

This Best Ignatian Song comes from Kristi Gonsalves-McCabe, director of University Ministry at Regis University in Denver. She writes: I’ve lived in Colorado for 9 years now—and you can’t be here too long without falling in love with some of John Denver’s music. So in that spirit (and hoping my age won’t be too obvious), I want to nominate John Denver’s Annie’s song as a “best Ignatian song.” It’s a love song to God—almost a “finding God […]

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