Finding God Through Humor

April is National Humor Month, so that provides a reason to notice that God can be found through humor and laughter too, as these posts and excerpts remind us. Humor and Spiritual Wisdom Listen to an interview with Nikolaas Sintobin, SJ, author of Jesuits Telling Jokes. A Spirituality of the Present Moment This excerpt from Jesuits Telling Jokes starts with a joke. Fruits of the Spirit Becky Eldredge shares a humorous exchange with one of […]

8 Pope Francis Quotes to Celebrate His Anniversary

Today, March 13, we celebrate Pope Francis’s fourth anniversary. To honor the occasion, enjoy some of his inspiring and challenging words. “When we receive and welcome him into our heart, the Holy Spirit immediately begins to make us sensitive to his voice and to guide our thoughts, our feelings, and our intentions according to the heart of God.” Read a reflection on this quote by Vinita Hampton Wright. “The Lord always chooses his way to […]

Busy Lives & Restless Souls Free Mini-Posters

“The invitation to connect your faith with your daily life is an invitation God urges all of us to accept. All of us are invited to a relationship with God in the middle of our lives. God labors to fill us, complete us, and make us whole. God dreams that every aspect of our lives will be affected and energized by our relationship with God. And the great news is that God always acts first. […]

Picking Up the Ringing Phone of Prayer

At the Apostleship of Prayer, Philip Kosloski offers advice for What to do when nothing “happens” during prayer. Too often our problem with prayer is that we are not responding to God’s invitation to love and are searching for God in the clouds, not realizing that he is already here, waiting for us. God reassures us that he is here and waiting for our response through the prophet Jeremiah, “And you shall call upon me, […]

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 […]

The Joy of Christmas

“The most beautiful joy of Christmas is that inner joy of peace: the Lord wiped away my sins, the Lord has forgiven me, the Lord had mercy on me, he came to save me. That is the joy of Christmas,” the pope said. Crux provides this quote from Pope Francis’s general audience on December 14. As we continue to celebrate the Christmas season, let us reflect on the joy of Christmas and resolve to bring […]

The Train and the Nativity

Tony Agnesi remembers his Christmas train, which taught him a lifelong lesson about selflessness. The story also makes him think about the Nativity. I have always wondered that not a single man or woman in Bethlehem was willing to give up their bed for a pregnant woman who was about to give birth. Not one! It says something about how we can see a need and just ignore it. I’m comfortable in my bed, it […]

Rushing to Get Home

Those of us who are commuters can relate to this blogger’s story about rushing to catch a train: I took long strides, checked my watch, and then started to run. I darted up the stairs of Gate 25, saw the GO express train to Pickering, and ran to the door only to see the door close six inches in front of my nose. OH, NO! I will just have to get the next train, what […]

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 […]

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