Cardoner Vision

In 1522, not long after his conversion, Ignatius sat praying on the bank of the Cardoner River near the village of Manresa in northern Spain. In his Autobiography, he describes an extraordinary vision: He sat down for a little while with his face to the river—Cardoner—which was running deep. While he was seated there, the eyes of his understanding began to be opened; though he did not see any vision, he understood and knew many […]

How Much Do You Know About Ignatian Spirituality? Quiz

Are you a beginner or an expert in Ignatian spirituality? Take our fun, 12-question quiz to test your knowledge of St. Ignatius Loyola and the spirituality he inspired. Share your results in the comments. Powered by Join in 31 Days with St. Ignatius with today’s entry, The Awareness Prayer by Barbara Lee. Follow along everyday this month here and on social media with #31DayswithIgnatius. Use promo code 4975 to purchase your copy of Ignatian Spirituality A to Z for […]

Ignatian Spirituality A to Z and 31 Days with St. Ignatius

With Ignatian Spirituality A to Z, author Jim Manney has provided a brief, informative, and entertaining guide to key concepts of Ignatian spirituality and essential characters and events in Jesuit history. We’ve gathered a selection in the below infographic to whet your appetite. Explore other Ignatian terms throughout July with our ninth-annual 31 Days with St. Ignatius celebration. Start with our calendar of favorite Ignatian-themed links here. Then throughout July, dotMagis blog posts will feature […]

Praying Through the Pain

Anyone who has ever tried to read the Bible or use a popular prayer app while recovering from surgery or undergoing chemotherapy can describe how difficult it is to pray in these circumstances. The words swim on the page; the meanings don’t register; the mind wanders; the pain blots out all other thoughts; when the pain subsides, drowsiness takes over; some passages trigger worries and anxieties; the joyful ones seem irrelevant. At first glance, Ignatius […]

A Person Made of Light

Suppose there were a reality faster than light, so superenergized that it would be at rest, everywhere at once. Every object we see—though it appears rock-hard—is actually just another form of energy: e = mc2. Couple that with all we know from religion; encounters with God are so often described as burning bushes and fiery pillars and tongues of flame. I Am is the pool of energizing existence out of which everything draws its “is,” […]

Finding the Purpose

Casey Beaumier, SJ, experienced many uncomfortable shifts during his weeks of pilgrimage, walking from place to place, begging for food and shelter, and allowing strangers to become friends. During all of that, he struggled to understand where the journey was leading. Why was he here? What was he doing? I returned to Gonzaga grumpy and completely drained of any remaining confidence in myself. I felt completely fragile. We sat at dinner with two Jesuits, the […]

Angels and Ice Cream

One day a father and his six small children troop single file into the thrift store. The tops of the little ones’ heads are staggered at four-inch intervals of height, like stair steps. At first, we clerks exchange glances, doubting whether one lone man is sufficient to keep twelve little hands off the breakables, but we needn’t have worried. The children follow along behind him to the back of the store and wait patiently while […]

Reviewing the Feelings of Our Day

Reviewing the events of our day, either to thank God or to know our sins, is familiar enough. Reviewing the feelings that those events generate is a new approach for many people. A good way to begin is, “Lord, where have I heard your voice, and how have I responded?” Sometimes a strong emotion immediately surfaces. I was deeply saddened to get a letter from the son of an old friend telling me of her […]

Make Today Matter Blog Hop

How can small things done every day change us for the better and make the world better too? Author and leadership speaker Chris Lowney knows 10 habits that can lead to a better life and world, and we invite you to a special blog hop celebrating those habits and how each of us can Make Today Matter. Each weekday from April 30 through May 11, 2018, a different blogger will reflect on one of the […]

Celebrating Five Years with Pope Francis

Loyola Press—the sponsor of IgnatianSpirituality.com—celebrates the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. In honor of the occasion, enjoy this brief video that describes the relationship between Pope Francis and Loyola Press. Watch the full version of the video here. On that page, you’ll also find mini-posters with some quotes from the Pope on the theme of hope, the How Well Do You Know Pope Francis? quiz, links to purchase books from the Pope […]

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