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    The Spiritual Exercises and the 12 Steps

    Fr. Edward Dowling, SJ,  a friend of Bill Wilson, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, was convinced that the Spiritual Exercises influenced the 12 Steps...

    Attention

    Nicholas Carr asks what the internet is doing to our brains.  His answer: rewiring it for easy distraction.  He observes that the way we...
    A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer by Jim Manney

    A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer

    I've just published a new book. It's called A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer, and it's about the Ignatian Examen, which has changed a lot of...

    Aim Higher

    If you don't know Viktor Frankl's work, read his book Man's Search for Meaning--one of the most important books of the 20th century.  Below...

    “I want, I want”

    Susan Stabile, an Ignatian spiritual director and law professor, distinguishes between the desire that causes pain and the desire that motivates us: Attachment (what might...

    Advent and Christmas Retreat: Christmas Time, Second Week

    We conclude our seasonal retreat with one final week-starter reflection. In the coming days, take a few moments to evaluate your experience with the...

    Spiritual Practices: Napping

    I'm all for finding God in the silence. For me this means taking lots of naps, especially during the winter with its protracted darkness...
    Holy Family sculpture in the motherhouse of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, Pittsford, NY (artist unknown)

    The Holy Family

    This past Sunday was the feast of the Holy Family, and it calls to our imagination that "longest sermon" of Jesus first 30 years,...

    Advent and Christmas Retreat: Christmas Time, First Week

    Merry Christmas! We continue our seasonal retreat by reflecting on Christmas. Please share your retreat experience with others here in the comments. Christmas Time, First...
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    A Boy Named Ambition

    Where is Christ being born today?  It certainly isn't where we expect, if history is any guide.  Where, today, is that stable at the...

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