Sharing the Wisdom: What I Learned from a Friend About the Gift of Presence

I can’t remember exactly when we met her. We had arrived in the snowy tundra in January of my fifth-grade year. I know it was after the permafrost had thawed, and it was after “mud season,” because she was wearing high heels as she stood there, not mud boots. It had been a hard winter. The transition to the sleepy town of two stoplights was not an easy one for our family. We were far […]

Sharing the Wisdom: What I Learned from My Grandfather About Courage and Nature

When I was a child, my brother and I spent long summers with my grandparents on their retirement farm outside of Cornwall, Ontario. My grandparents were both immigrants from Latvia and often offered perspective or advice from their old country. Most of what I learned from them came in the form of storytelling. In 1944, my grandmother gave birth in a hospital with bombed-out windows and little heat in the December cold. After recovering from […]

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 […]

Pope Francis: His Five-Year Anniversary

As an editor for a Jesuit publisher, I was on high alert the moment the world learned that Argentinian Jesuit Jorge Bergoglio had become the new Pope Francis. Many of us didn’t know who this man was. What was he like? What kind of pope would he be? He did not leave us in suspense for long. From his first moments on that balcony at St. Peter’s, facing his new flock, when he gave a […]

How Well Do You Know Pope Francis?

Five years ago, Pope Francis was elected to lead the Catholic Church. In that time, how much have you learned about the first Jesuit Pope? Loyola Press challenges you to take a fun, 10-question quiz: How Well Do You Know Pope Francis? The quiz is part of a collection of resources to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’s election in March. Before you take the quiz, you might brush up on a few facts […]

How We Do Life with One Another

Pope Francis addressed the problem of bullying, asking youth to promise they will not bully or mock anyone. “‘Bullying is an aggression that conceals profound cruelty,’…In order to build a better world, Pope Francis said, ‘we need to eradicate all forms of cruelty.’” The full story is in Aleteia, which also brings our attention to an inspiring story of young people who are working to fight the cruelty of loneliness. Senior Denis Estimon at Boca […]

Becky Eldredge Social Media Takeover

Becky Eldredge will be a familiar name to regular readers of dotMagis. Spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer, Becky has been a long-time contributor to this blog. Now’s your chance to meet her at a special Facebook event, Monday, February 13, 2017. From 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CST, Becky will be hosting a “Social Media Takeover” and acting as the voice of Loyola Press’s Ignatian Spirituality Facebook channel. She will appear on Facebook LIVE […]

Happy Birthday, Pope Francis

Pope Francis celebrates his 80th birthday on December 17, 2016. It’s a good occasion to reflect on what Antonio Spadaro, SJ, has called the “3 most important homilies of Pope Francis about the Society of Jesus.” Here’s an excerpt in which the Pope talks about Mary: Let us turn to Our Lady who carried Christ in her womb and accompanied the Church as she took her first steps. May she help us always to put […]

Jesuit Connection to the History of Hypertext

Aleteia recently profiled “The Jesuit Who Invented Hypertext,” Father Roberto Busa. While Ted Nelson and other names are more commonly listed as the inventors of the technology that made hypertext—the linking of information from different pages—possible, Busa envisioned how machines could help in humanities studies. Busa was a scholar who envisioned that technology could be used to help his project of creating a searchable concordance of the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. He met with […]

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