God and Creator of my soul, I feel lonely. I want another person to talk to, someone who understands the struggle it is to pray sometimes, someone who values what I value: faith and true virtue and holy work to heal the world. I am weary of hearing only my voice and contemplating only my thoughts about you. If another person could hear my thoughts and then speak to them, that would be a lovely, […]
Consider that you are a person brimming with gifts. Do you dare offer them to a world always in need of love and wisdom? Allow yourself to identify what you have to give. You can offer the gift of experience—all you have learned by doing, and some things you’ve learned the hard way. You can offer the gift of listening—whether or not you have anything to say. You can offer the gift of creativity—whatever you […]
Spend time with one of your most cherished memories. It could be a recent memory or one from long ago. It could recall a time when you were alone or with other people. Imagine it now. Where did it happen? What time of life was it—childhood, adolescence, young adulthood? Who was with you? What were you doing? What happened on that day and in that place to create what is now a wonderful memory for […]
Perhaps you’ve participated in a Stations of the Cross service this Lent. This devotion is well-suited to an Ignatian approach, as Gary Jansen suggests. Jansen is the author of Station to Station: An Ignatian Journey through the Stations of the Cross. “As Jesus responds to his sorrow, he is expressing to us the best of what it means to be human,” writes Jansen. Consider how Jesus responds to suffering, taking the brief video below as […]
Ignatian spirituality focuses on God at work in our world now. We try to unite ourselves with God by working with God to save and heal the world. The beautiful prayer “Christ Has No Body Now but Yours,” attributed to Saint Teresa of Ávila, is worth a few moments of reflection. Watch our video as you consider how God has called you to do Christ’s work in the world today.
Reflect today with this video of the popular poem “Fall in Love,” attributed to Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ. The poetic prayer is appropriate at any time of year, but in this month of Valentine’s Day we also recognize the formal opening of Arrupe’s cause for beatification and canonization, just days ago. As Jim Manney writes in An Ignatian Book of Days, “In the Ignatian view, love is very concrete. Arrupe says that it is practical. […]
In her post, “Five Tips for Beating Loneliness from St. Ignatius,” Rebecca Ruiz quotes Mark Thibodeaux, SJ, on the need for “good mentors, good companions, and a strong link to the church.” A mentor may well be someone from an older generation. At the 2018 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, Loyola Press asked people about Pope Francis’s message to honor the wisdom and lives of the older generations. One of the questions was, “What is […]
Each month the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network releases a prayer video with a special intention the Holy Father asks us to remember. For August 2017, the intention is, “That artists of our time, through their creativity, may help us discover the beauty of creation.” Explore the intersection of Arts and Faith with the series of that name from Loyola Press. How do you discover the beauty of creation?
The Jesuit Institute South Africa produced a two-minute video introduction to Ignatian spirituality. David Fleming, SJ, is quoted in the video as saying Ignatian spirituality is “a spiritual way of proceeding that offers a vision of life, an understanding of God, a reflective approach to living, a reverential attitude to our world, and an expectation of finding God in all things.” Fleming is the author of What Is Ignatian Spirituality?
Scott Santarosa, SJ, talks about prayer in a short video produced by the Society of Jesus. He says: When things are getting rough or busy, or I feel a lot of interior movement—positive or negative, but especially negative—I feel like one of the antidotes is to sit down and lay it out before God and say, “God, here it is, here’s my heart.” For more on prayer, explore the archives here at dotMagis.