Scorsese’s “Silence”

Martin Scorsese’s next film Silence tells the story of Portuguese Jesuit missionaries in 17th-century Japan. Based on the historical novel of the same name by Shusaku Endo, the movie project has been rumored for years but now has a December release date set. The cast is led by Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, and Adam Driver. Tim Muldoon wrote about the movie rumors a couple of years ago here at dotMagis, citing Scorsese’s preface to one […]

The Seven Last Words

On this Good Friday, you may like to take some time to pray with the Seven Last Words of Jesus. For centuries Christians have prayed various forms of devotions around these phrases recorded in the Gospel accounts of the Passion. Loyola Press offers an online version for your meditation this day. Pray with one word or all seven, as your schedule allows and the Spirit directs. Another option for your prayer today is Arts & […]

Best of the Year

Happy New Year! Before we jump into the new year of dotMagis posts, let’s take some time today to look back at the year ended. Enjoy some of the most popular posts from 2015. The Power of Silent Prayer My Mother’s Suscipe The Gift of the Ordinary Reimagining the Ignatian Examen Flip Book: Naming the Grace Living “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam” Did you have a favorite post this year? What do you want to see […]

Chris Lowney on Engaging Faith

Chris Lowney, leadership expert and author, was the guest on An Engaging Faith with Elizabeth Reardon earlier this month. Lowney is the author of Heroic Leadership and Heroic Living. He also wrote Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, which makes this interview particularly exciting as we experience the Pope’s visit to the United States.

Cristo Rey Students Talk with Pope Francis

Students at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago met Pope Francis via satellite for a conversation in advance of the Pope’s visit to the United States later this month. Groups from McAllen, Texas, and Los Angeles also participated in the special event moderated by ABC News. The event will air on a 20/20 special this Friday, September 4 at 9 p.m. CST. The full conversation will be available in English and Spanish on […]

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Pope Francis has called for Catholics to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September 1. Orthodox brothers and sisters already mark this day. It’s a good opportunity to consider the message of the Pope’s recent encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. The Catholic Comments podcast from Creighton University’s Center for Catholic Thought recently took up the themes of the encyclical. Listen to the […]

Advice That Applies in More Than One Context

My advice: Slow down. Pause to savor the moment. Breathe deeply. Think about how things smell, what the air feels like on your skin, and look at what you’re seeing: the colors, the shapes, the shadows. Think about how it came to be. Sound like advice for prayer? It certainly could be applied to that, but the advice comes from Josh Noel in an article on taking amazing travel photos. At this time of year, […]

A Personal Look at Pope Francis

Elisabetta Piqué— internationally respected journalist and friend of Pope Francis—was interviewed by ABC’s Bob Woodruff recently. Piqué wrote the new book Pope Francis: Life and Revolution. She shares here how she met the then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, her take on his message of mercy, and a bit about his personality—he’s reserved but has a great sense of humor.

Fourth of July

We are thankful to have a worldwide readership for dotMagis, but today those of us in the U.S.A. pause to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. Here are a few summertime images to mark the day, courtesy of our sister blog, Picturing God. Where are you finding God this weekend? Don’t take a holiday from 31 Days with St. Ignatius. Today’s entry is I Love This Picture.

Retreat Starts Tomorrow and Other Lenten Notes

An Ignatian Prayer Adventure starts tomorrow! While you can make this online retreat at any time, beginning tomorrow (March 2, 2014) will provide you daily material that corresponds to the season and will lead you through Lent to Holy Week and Easter reflections. We shared a list of Lenten ideas a few days ago, but here are a few more options. offers seasonal resources for children and additional options for adults (including articles and […]

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