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. […]

Instructions for a Bad Day

“If you believe with absolute honesty that you’re doing everything you can—do more. There will be bad days…” says Shane Koyczan in his poem “Instructions for a Bad Day.” Watch the video version of the poem below. Then think about that instruction to do more. In Ignatian circles, the idea of magis might be one idea that’s called for to counter bad days. Learn more about the concept of magis by reading Better than Your […]

The Money Examen

Who knew that St. Ignatius, aside from being a battlefield warrior, a prolific letter-writer, and a spiritual genius, also left wisdom for financial situations? Of course, in his day and today, many would say that a man who came from the wealthier class only to deny it all and end up begging on the streets must not be too financially savvy. However, after a bit of moderation, Ignatius seems to have found the true key […]

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 […]

Fr. James Martin on Ignatian Contemplation

Fr. James Martin, SJ, author of books including My Life with the Saints (10th anniversary edition) and Jesus: A Pilgrimage, recently shared with Sean Salai, SJ, some thoughts on prayer, specifically Ignatian contemplation. Salai: Beginners in Ignatian contemplation sometimes struggle to distinguish between what comes from God and what comes from their own heads when they use their imagination to pray. As a spiritual director and retreat master, what do you say to them? Martin: […]

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 […]

A Long, Loving Look at the Real

Jesuit theologian Walter Burghardt once described contemplation as taking a “long, loving look at the real.” That sounds lovely. But what does it mean for you and me—people who most likely are not preachers, Jesuits, or philosophers? Let’s take that phrase in three parts: long, loving, and look at the real. Long. This is a sustained gaze, not a glance. It requires time, but it also requires focused attention. So whether I am looking at […]

Time and Space for Silence

Shemaiah Gonzalez appreciates “The Gift of Silence in the Morning.” But it’s difficult to sit still. It’s not just my body that wants to move, to twitch and shift; it’s my mind too. I think of to-do lists and my schedule until finally I give in to the utter gift of a quiet space. I ask God to remind me of what is true and good. Read the full reflection at Busted Halo. Whether you […]

Breathing in the Silence

I found myself this morning reflecting on an experience that occurred a few years ago during a Charis retreat. It was a Friday night in March, and I stepped outside the chapel into the cool air during a period of sacred silence. As the doors of the chapel closed behind me, I caught a glimpse again of the 30 young adults who were in total silence and prayer. The silence came with me as I took […]

Jesuit Connection to the History of Hypertext

Aleteia recently profiled “The Jesuit Who Invented Hypertext,” Father Roberto Busa. While Ted Nelson and other names are more commonly listed as the inventors of the technology that made hypertext—the linking of information from different pages—possible, Busa envisioned how machines could help in humanities studies. Busa was a scholar who envisioned that technology could be used to help his project of creating a searchable concordance of the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. He met with […]

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