Jesuit Retreats

The Midwest Jesuits recently featured a story “On Retreat with the Jesuits,” interesting in particular for readers who may not have previously experienced an Ignatian retreat. Silent prayer is part of many Jesuit retreats, but retreatants also typically meet one-on-one with a spiritual director. “Retreats are very much between a person and God,” says Fr. Chris Manahan, SJ, director of the Jesuit Retreat House on Lake Winnebago in Oshkosh, Wis. “Directors are only there to […]

Taste and See: Experiencing God with Our Sense of Taste

Welcome to the Taste and See: Experiencing God with Our Senses online retreat. This month we’ve explored each of the senses as a way to encounter God. Today we conclude by considering the sense of taste. We have to eat in order to live; that’s a given. Beyond that, though, there’s a great deal of variety in what and how we eat. With a world full of flavors and tastes out there, no two people […]

Three Ways to Cultivate a Retreat State of Mind

Every year, when autumn rolls around, I want to go on retreat. Maybe it’s the smell of the autumn leaves clothed in brilliance, dancing down to earth, or maybe it’s the crisp air and waning light. Autumn is a feast for the senses, and God’s handiwork is apparent everywhere. Yet, every year without fail, autumn proves a time too busy to get away, even for a weekend. School has just begun, sports are in full […]

Taste and See: Experiencing God with Our Sense of Touch

Welcome to the Taste and See: Experiencing God with Our Senses online retreat. Each Monday we’ll explore one of the senses as a way to encounter God. Today we consider the sense of touch. Unlike some of the other senses, touch requires proximity. You can see, smell, or hear a person from a distance, but to touch someone or something, you need to be up close. Maybe that’s why touch is so often taken as […]

Taste and See: Experiencing God with Our Sense of Smell

Welcome to the Taste and See: Experiencing God with Our Senses online retreat. Each Monday we’ll explore one of the senses as a way to encounter God. Today we consider the sense of smell. “Stop and smell the roses,” is a familiar invitation. It’s a call to slow down and to enjoy life as we live it. There are many different ways to word this. We could tell each other to “stop and look at […]

Taste and See: Experiencing God with Our Sense of Hearing

Welcome to the Taste and See: Experiencing God with Our Senses online retreat. Each Monday we’ll explore one of the senses as a way to encounter God. Today we consider the sense of hearing. Thanks to technology, we have a lot of individual control over what we hear. We have favorite songs on our phones, podcasts we can tune into whenever we drive, and headphones to block out the conversation around us on an airplane. […]

Taste and See: Experiencing God with Our Sense of Sight

Welcome to the Taste and See: Experiencing God with Our Senses online retreat. Each Monday we’ll explore one of the senses as a way to encounter God. We begin with the sense of sight. Our sight is a gift, one that we use nearly every waking moment of the day. We take in so much with our eyes: traffic lights, the dishes on the kitchen counter, the blinking cursor on the computer screen, the leaves […]

Experiencing God with Our Senses Online Retreat

“God speaks to us through what we see, hear, smell, touch, and taste. We know this intuitively, but to think about it consciously is a powerful form of prayer.” —Ginny Kubitz Moyer Take some time this October to think about how we encounter God through our senses and join Ginny Kubitz Moyer and your fellow readers for an online retreat here at dotMagis. Each weekly segment of Taste and See: Experiencing God with Our Senses […]

The 19th Annotation: What Is It, and What Can You Expect?

You may have heard of the 19th annotation in regard to prayer retreats or the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Simply put, the 19th annotation—sometimes called an Ignatian Retreat in Daily Life—is a version of the Spiritual Exercises designed for people who cannot be away for 30 days to do the Exercises as they were practiced originally. Most of the time, the “19th” is done by people who work full-time but who want to do […]

Veterans Retreat

White House Jesuit Retreat in St. Louis hosted an Ignatian retreat for veterans last month. As reported on the Jesuits’ website: “St. Ignatius himself was a veteran,” said Bill Schmitt, lay director of White House and a Vietnam veteran. “He was injured in battle and wanted books of heroism and chivalry, and they brought him books on the saints. He got interested and received a spiritual awakening while he was recovering.” The retreat took the […]

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