Humility

Humility gives us the sacred gift of being able to learn from everyone. It gives us the ability to take advice from any person who gives it, not just the brilliant or the holy or the great, but from the simple and the ignorant and from those who may be far below our own position or station in life. It gives us the power to imitate Christ himself, who learned from Peter how to catch […]

Christ Has No Body Now but Yours

Ignatian spirituality focuses on God at work in our world now. We try to unite ourselves with God by working with God to save and heal the world. The beautiful prayer “Christ Has No Body Now but Yours,” attributed to Saint Teresa of Ávila, is worth a few moments of reflection. Watch our video as you consider how God has called you to do Christ’s work in the world today.

Getting Ready for Lent 2019

Ash Wednesday is March 6, 2019, so today we’re highlighting just a few of the many Ignatian-inspired features designed to help you observe Lent. An Ignatian Prayer Adventure Join in an adapted version of the Spiritual Exercises, perfectly timed as a Lent and Easter retreat. This year Fiona Basile (pictured), author of the book Shhh…God Is in the Silence, will share her experiences with the retreat through posts on Wednesdays. The retreat begins on the […]

Fall in Love Prayer Video

Reflect today with this video of the popular poem “Fall in Love,” attributed to Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ. The poetic prayer is appropriate at any time of year, but in this month of Valentine’s Day we also recognize the formal opening of Arrupe’s cause for beatification and canonization, just days ago. As Jim Manney writes in An Ignatian Book of Days, “In the Ignatian view, love is very concrete. Arrupe says that it is practical. […]

Celebrating Award-Winning Books

Loyola Press, sponsor of this website, proudly celebrates the winners of the 2019 Illumination Book Awards. Among the Loyola Press gold medalists are God Isn’t Finished with Me Yet by Barbara Lee, Make Today Matter by Chris Lowney, and Sharing the Wisdom of Time by Pope Francis and Friends. Find all the Loyola Press winners here. In lieu of an acceptance speech, here’s Chris Lowney talking about gratitude in a brief video. Watch Lowney’s other […]

Jesuit Higher Education Journal

Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal is, as their website states, “a scholarly, peer reviewed, open access, online journal focused on the development, advancement, and critique of higher education in the Jesuit tradition.” The latest issue has articles on topics including “Sport at the Service of Human Development: Distinctly Jesuit Athletics,” “Teaching Magis at College: Meaning, Mission, and Moral Responsibility,” and “Occupational Therapy: A Partner for Justice in Jesuit Higher Education.” Read journal articles and subscribe […]

No Commonplace Achievements

When Loyola informed Portuguese Jesuits that “no commonplace achievement will satisfy the great obligations you have of excelling,” he created heroic expectations that could be met only through change and innovation on a dramatic scale. By way of illustration, imagine any modern corporate setting. The manager who sets an expense reduction target of 10 percent gets his team wondering where to buy cheaper pencils: 10 percent means safe, mainstream thinking. An expense reduction target of […]

Wisdom

There is a difference between knowledge and wisdom, between someone who’s a brain and someone to whom we bring our pain. Someone wise does know which things can’t be changed and which can, and he or she is at peace with that. The wise person accepts things as they are, accepts his or her position in the universe: far better than a rock or a carrot or a pig, far less than God. Science is […]

Magis Central America and World Youth Day

We pray this month for young people gathering for World Youth Day in Panama and the Magis Program organized by the Society of Jesus ahead of World Youth Day. The Ignatian Magis Central America event opened on January 11, 2019, with young pilgrims undertaking different Ignatian experiences of social action, art and culture, history, and more. Pilgrims are encouraged to reflect with the daily Examen on their experiences. As the youth gathered in Central America […]

Practice Listening

Over the next several days, practice listening. Listen to everything—traffic sounds, nature sounds, speaking sounds, and the sounds of peace and quiet. Try to listen with great attention for five or ten minutes every day. Do this during a coffee/tea break, if that helps. Then, gradually tune in to God’s voice. This voice will come through many of the sounds you have already been noticing. It will also emerge as you partake of the arts—books, […]

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