Best Ignatian Songs: Holy Now

Ignatius Loyola experienced a profound mystical vision on the banks of the Cardoner river in northern Spain.  He did not describe it any detail.  He merely remarked in his autobiography that he learned more about God in the brief moments of this vision than he did in years of study and prayer.

The vision seems to have opened Ignatius’ eyes to the presence of God everywhere.  It’s what he was getting at in the Contemplation on God’s love at the end of the Spiritual Exercises, where he sees “God’s love poured forth lavishly like a fountain spilling forth its waters into an unending stream.”

My friend Tom McGrath recommends a song that expresses this feeling that “now everything is different.” It’s “Holy Now” by Peter Mayer, a Minnesota folk singer. The lyrics are here, song 5 on the list. A sample:

When I was in Sunday school

We would learn about the time

Moses split the sea in two

Jesus made the water wine

And I remember feeling sad

That miracles don’t happen still

But now I can’t keep track

‘Cause everything’s a miracle

Everything, Everything

Everything’s a miracle.

Here’s Mayer performing the song:

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Jim Manney
Jim Manney is the author of highly praised popular books on Ignatian spirituality, including A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer (about the Daily Examen) and God Finds Us (about the Spiritual Exercises). He is the compiler/editor of An Ignatian Book of Days. His latest book is What Matters Most and Why. He and his wife live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


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