When We Can’t Have What We Want

You’d think that people of faith would know how to deal with basic disappointments. We have been trained to think in the long-term and welcome ordinary hardships that provide character-building opportunities. But, alas, most of us aren’t skilled at remaining calm and positive when we don’t get what we want. Those of us in first-world situations have bought into the culture of consumerism and instant gratification. We expect fast Internet service, medications that will make […]

Awareness of God in All Things

This post is based on Week Two of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. My mom and dad are avid gardeners. On many occasions growing up, my weekends included a chore in the yard—raking leaves, weeding (my least-favorite job in the world), deadheading flowers, or picking up branches. My dad, especially, had this way of noticing the beauty that was unfolding right in our backyard, that I often missed because my attention was focused on getting my […]

10 Things to Love about Ignatian Spirituality

Here are 10 things I love about Ignatian spirituality. 1. It promotes lasting happiness. One of my friends gave me a coffee mug that reads “Do more of what makes you happy.” Every morning, it makes me happy just thinking about doing things that make me happy! I am also reminded of St. Ignatius’s belief that those noble desires closest to our hearts that make us most happy deep down—not passing fancies or things that […]

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; […]

The Spiritual Meaning of Balance

When most people refer to balance, they envision a successful juggling act. A balanced life is one in which, simultaneously, I keep all my projects going and all my relationships healthy. I achieve this balance by sheer strategy and willpower. In Christian spirituality, balance has more to do with temperance, which means that we allow our deepest principles to hold our passions in check. As Paula Huston explains in her book By Way of Grace, temperance […]

Living “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam”

I remember the summer my father received his personalized “AMDG” license plates. He was so excited. A second-generation Jesuit grad, my dad is all about living Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam. My high school friends saw the new plates and asked, “What does ‘AMDG’ mean?” Not knowing exactly how to define it at the time, I would just reply with the literal translation. “It means, all for the greater glory of God.” It wasn’t until I […]

Examen Prayer Card

As one of our anniversary gifts to you, here’s a prayer card with the steps of the Examen (PDF) as described by Jim Manney in A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer. Share the Examen Prayer Card on your site <a href="http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/19076/examen-prayer-card/" _igspsavedurl="http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/19076/examen-prayer-card/"><img border="0" alt="The Examen Prayer Card" src="http://isblog.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/16" _igspsavedurl="http://isblog.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/16"/></a>

Sitting in Silence

What would you hear if you sat in silence? That’s the question that Margaret Felice considers in the below video. This reflection originally appeared as the post “Listening to Silence” on Margaret’s blog, Felice mi fa.