As Kingfishers Catch Fire (Song)

In honor of National Poetry Month, enjoy this musical rendition of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s “As Kingfishers Catch Fire” by the Euphonage. If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the video As Kingfishers Catch Fire (Song). Read the text of the poem here.

How to Enter the New Year

If you’re reading this, you lived to see the new year. This is no small matter! Your life makes a difference in the universe, whether or not you embrace your God-given power. May this prayer accompany your initial steps into the future. God of all time, help us enter the New Year quietly, thoughtful of who we are to ourselves and to others, mindful that our steps make an impact and our words carry power. […]

Journey of the Magi

T. S. Eliot reads his poem “Journey of the Magi” in the audio track of today’s featured video. For those of you who have been following the Sacred Space/Pray as You Go retreat “Journeying with the Magi,” there is an obvious tie. But all of us can appreciate Eliot’s words as a reflection piece before celebrating the feast of the Epiphany in a few days. If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch […]

I Saw You Today

On Sundays we ask our Ignatian Spirituality Facebook community where they have found God during the week. Gary Thomas shares his response: As I rode my bicycle to work today, I became aware of all the ways God is present. I wrote this little reflection in response to God’s presence. I saw you today, in the faces of children waiting for the school bus in the bus carrying them to school. I saw you today […]

Living “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam”

I remember the summer my father received his personalized “AMDG” license plates. He was so excited. A second-generation Jesuit grad, my dad is all about living Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam. My high school friends saw the new plates and asked, “What does ‘AMDG’ mean?” Not knowing exactly how to define it at the time, I would just reply with the literal translation. “It means, all for the greater glory of God.” It wasn’t until I […]

May the God of Surprises Delight You

May the God of Surprises delight you, inviting you to accept gifts not yet imagined. May the God of Transformation call you, opening you to continual renewal. May the God of Justice confront you, daring you to see the world through God’s eyes. May the God of Abundance affirm you, nudging you towards deeper trust. May the God of Embrace hold you, encircling you in the hearth of God’s home. May the God of Hopefulness […]

God Came to Tea

God came and sat down with me. I asked God to tea. God sat there in the kitchen and smiled at me. But I stumbled and mumbled, afraid just to speak. It was my invitation, yet how could this be? I poured God some tea and started to cry. God patiently waited, but finally asked why. I couldn’t begin, I was afraid just to start. What could I say, since God knows my heart? Do […]

Encountering God in the Unexpected

We asked a few readers to share with us where they encountered God in the unexpected. Today and tomorrow we highlight their responses. I Found God in the Finding of Me Unclothed, unprotected, Touched by unloving, Uncared for in my need, I was Nothing. Rich men grab at what they lack; Poverty lowers the hand. Poor as I was, I sat, Unconsoled, unexpectant. Alone. As a blind woman senses a friend in the room, I […]

Praying with Poetry

Explore Faith suggests a process for praying with poetry. Several poems are on the site, but the method will work with any poem. Here’s the process next to “Otherwise,” by Jane Kenyon. One of the steps suggests journaling responses to various prompts, including “If I were to paint a picture about this poem I would include [in] my work of art”¦” Have you ever prayed with poetry or works of art? What has been your […]

The Red Machine on the Wall

Greg Kennedy, SJ, shared an Advent poem on the igNation blog. Here’s a taste. We’ve all taken numbers from the red machine on the wall. Above, red periods on a screen combine into figures that put our time in its place; we wait and wait efficiently.

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