Who Is This Jesus of Nazareth?

Brian Prugh reflects on Titian’s Ecce Homo (“Behold, the man”) in a Dappled Things post that gives much to contemplate this Holy Week. The painting depicts Pilate showing Christ to the crowd. This is his public display, and our chance to confront the question, who is this Jesus of Nazareth? The soldiers have done their best to humiliate him with the crown of thorns, purple sheet and broken-stick scepter. His beard is unkempt, his gaze […]

How to Do Holy Week

Holy Week is a solemn week of extra prayer and fasting. It involves the Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil. During those three days we recall—and through our prayer participate in—Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples, his arrest, trial, and execution, the long day of silence (Holy Saturday) while his body rested in the grave, and his Resurrection on Easter. The many readings of Scripture surrounding the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of […]

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 […]

A Ministry of Mercy

This post is based on Week Six of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. Last year Pope Francis called for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, and much of my online writing and retreat work centered around the topic of mercy. As a result, I understand Jesus’ ministry in a whole new way as a ministry of mercy. Jesus’ public ministry had elements to it that were based in the message of mercy, such as: Seeing with compassionate […]

Practice, Love

I’d like to propose a juxtaposition of two ideas that emerge from the Spiritual Exercises: practice and love. Without getting into too much insider baseball on how Ignatius’s text emphasizes these themes, let me suggest a brief thought exercise that you might take into prayer. We learn anything by practicing: the piano, soccer, algebra. Jesus calls us to love one another as the Father has loved Jesus. How do you practice love? Notice that embedded […]

Magis and Weightlifting

English teacher Christopher Farrell, SJ, at De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis, MO, started the Powerlifting Club, and it’s about more than physical fitness. “The Jesuits are all about the idea of ‘Magis’ meaning greater or more,” Farrell said. “For me, you could also translate it as ‘stronger’. It’s about asking oneself, how can I be constantly striving to grow stronger? Whether it is in the weight room, or intellectually, or spiritually. I […]

How We Do Life with One Another

Pope Francis addressed the problem of bullying, asking youth to promise they will not bully or mock anyone. “‘Bullying is an aggression that conceals profound cruelty,’…In order to build a better world, Pope Francis said, ‘we need to eradicate all forms of cruelty.’” The full story is in Aleteia, which also brings our attention to an inspiring story of young people who are working to fight the cruelty of loneliness. Senior Denis Estimon at Boca […]

When I Feel Unseen and Insignificant

The popular prayer site Sacred Space is a joint apostolate of the Irish Jesuits and Loyola Press. We publish the Sacred Space books for Advent and Lent, and a Sacred Space prayer book for the year. This year, we compiled Sacred Space materials that focus on the topic of encouragement, and the result is Sacred Space: A Little Book of Encouragement. For your encouragement today, enjoy this sample. When I Feel Unseen and Insignificant Soon […]

Saying “Yes” to the Call

This post is based on Week Five of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. It is a gift to witness the profound transformation that happens in a person when he or she grows deeper in relationship with God and makes the Spiritual Exercises. Walking others through them also gives me a deeper appreciation for my own experience of making the Spiritual Exercises. The graces of the Exercises are still abundantly present in my life today. I look […]

Spiritual Direction Helps Us Notice God’s Movements

Writing for the Office of Ignatian Spirituality of the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces of the Society of Jesus, Lisa Hastings states: Despite its historical roots and the popularity of Ignatian spirituality today, spiritual direction for many remains mysterious, even intimidating. Some assume that it is reserved for the “spiritually mature.” On the contrary, spiritual direction is an accessible means, much like the Ignatian examen, of noticing God movement in one’s life. Also like the […]

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