Loving Our Enemies

To be a Christian means to love one’s enemy. Jesus’ words and his actions alike testify to this idea. Jesus says, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). From the Cross, he forgives the people who are crucifying him: “Forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). Such love can be challenging. Consider what it means to love one’s political “enemies,” those who hold beliefs […]

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 […]

Desires and Discernment

Sean Salai, SJ, interviewed writer, spiritual director, and Jesuit novice director Mark Thibodeaux, SJ, about discernment of spirits in the Ignatian tradition. When asked about distinctive features of the Ignatian approach, Thibodeaux replied: Probably the most surprising feature of the Ignatian approach is the premise that God’s will can often be discovered in our “great desires.” Much of Christian spirituality presumes that our desires are bad and will lead us to sinful actions. Ignatius believed […]

Becky Eldredge Social Media Takeover

Becky Eldredge will be a familiar name to regular readers of dotMagis. Spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer, Becky has been a long-time contributor to this blog. Now’s your chance to meet her at a special Facebook event, Monday, February 13, 2017. From 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CST, Becky will be hosting a “Social Media Takeover” and acting as the voice of Loyola Press’s Ignatian Spirituality Facebook channel. She will appear on Facebook LIVE […]

Love as if . . .

Love as if loving is the first thing on your to-do list. Love as if you have no other plan but to love. Love as if you are confident that love makes good things happen. Love as if this is your first opportunity to love. Love as if this is your last opportunity to love. Love as if loving can heal all wounds. Love as if loving is your first purpose on earth. Love as […]

God Is All About Balance

Char, a widow and grandmother who has assisted in many family medical needs lately, tells me that God is all about balance. “My life has three main themes,” she says. “Family, volunteer work, and fun. I’m closest to God when they are all in balance. I make a to-do list every morning with subtitles: Go, Get, Do, and Call. But before I make the list, I read my devotions. Tucked into my prayer book is […]

Consolation in Everyday Life

Consolation begins deep in the self that is grateful to God in all things. As G. K. Chesterton once explained, gratitude is happiness magnified by wonder. Jesus’ act at Cana shows how practical gratitude is: in the first place, Jesus intended his friends to be happy and have a good time. He and his mother came to this wedding party to enjoy it. When that enjoyment was threatened, Jesus felt impelled (with a little help […]

Competition

Whether you’re a runner or not, Colten Biro’s story may resonate. He notices a woman running on the opposite side of the street from his running path and feels competitive: I’m over seven miles into the run, and my legs begin quietly complaining about the increase. Still, I run. The beautiful leaves and color move a little faster past me, but I’m sure they are just as pretty, I think to myself. I give a […]

Form My Heart

At every moment of my life I have two options. If I allow it, God will form my heart more and more in the image of his Son. I will act in faith to let God lead me into an unknown place, a place that I cannot know and cannot guarantee I will fully understand or enjoy. Like the one who is brought out of a cave into the light of the sun, I may […]

The Beatitudes Examen

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know about the Examen, a prayer designed to help a person make a daily review with a focus on gratitude and openness to the Holy Spirit’s direction. This was the prayer St. Ignatius considered most important for a consistently God-ward journey. The steps of the Examen—pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance; review the day; identify where you saw God at work and give thanks for it; […]

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