Listening for God in Consolation

Discernment involves paying attention to the movements of the spirits so that we can continue moving towards our destination—the direction God is inviting us to head. As is clearly stated in the First Principle and Foundation, the goal of our life is to live with God forever. As I often tell spiritual directees, this goal means living with God both now in our present journey and in our journey of eternal life. In the ocean […]

Go Forth to Change the World

My favorite moment of graduation is that moment when the graduate, after receiving the diploma, looks out into the crowd to loved ones with pride and gratitude. In that moment, after years of focus on personal growth and accomplishments, the focus shifts outward to the world. With fresh outlooks and youthful energy, the graduates go forth, each with unique gifts, to change the world. Fr. William A. Barry, veteran Jesuit spiritual director, speaks of a […]

Seven Simple Spiritual Practices

Editor’s note: Celebrate the 10th anniversary of IgnatianSpirituality.com with us. For 10 weeks, we’ll be “Counting the Gifts of Ignatian Spirituality” by bringing you special content on our website and special offers from our sponsor, Loyola Press. Learn more here. There are no magic numbers related to spiritual growth, but sometimes it helps to make a list just to simplify our goals. There are hundreds of spiritual practices, but I’m listing seven that are fairly simple. Please try […]

Rooted in the Midst of Change

In the Easter season, the first readings at Mass feature the Apostles as they undertake their missions. They are out in the world, preaching, healing, baptizing, and ministering to others. These early Christians are on the road. They travel to those who need healing, care, community, and the hope of the Gospel. From one day to the next, I find it hard to keep up with just where, geographically, Peter, Barnabas, Paul, and the others […]

On Faith Free Mini-Posters

“We must enter into the adventure of the quest for meeting God; and we must let God search and encounter us.” “If we allow ourselves to be guided by what seems more comfortable…we accumulate no reserve of oil for the lamp of our faith.” “Faith is not fearful of reason.” Download free mini-posters with these and other quotes from On Faith by Pope Francis. These posters are inspiring additions to a refrigerator door or an […]

Eight Tools for Combatting Desolation

Editor’s note: Celebrate the 10th anniversary of IgnatianSpirituality.com with us. For 10 weeks, we’ll be “Counting the Gifts of Ignatian Spirituality” by bringing you special content on our website and special offers from our sponsor, Loyola Press. Learn more here. Once called “Devil’s Valley,” California’s Desolation Wilderness is a 100-square-mile protected “forest” near one of the most beautiful spots on earth (in my opinion): Lake Tahoe. I see this topography within my home state as a metaphor for […]

Spring Cleaning: Our Need for Interior Freedom

I do believe that the urge to spring clean or fall clean is a necessary function for us. The reality is, we live in space and are surrounded by stuff. And our surroundings influence how we feel and go about the day. The space we dwell in gives us energy or sucks energy out of us. Have you ever stayed overnight at a retreat center? If so, you have noticed how spare the rooms are: […]

Conversing with Mary Through Colloquy

Eric Gurash found the colloquy form of prayer “a grace-filled gift to [his] prayer life.” Initially doubtful of starting with Mary, Gurash changed his mind when he allowed himself to enter into colloquy: I pictured Mary before me and began expressing the needs and desires of my heart. Much to my surprise, our conversation flowed with great ease. As I spoke with our Blessed Mother, she helped me to see in a new light the […]

Nine Reasons to Embrace Ignatian Discernment

Editor’s note: Celebrate the 10th anniversary of IgnatianSpirituality.com with us. For 10 weeks, we’ll be “Counting the Gifts of Ignatian Spirituality” by bringing you special content on our website and special offers from our sponsor, Loyola Press. Learn more here. Every spring, I invite the freshmen to consider how they can more actively engage in their faith lives as they prepare to move into their sophomore year. I wait until spring, because that is when […]

Gifts You Can Offer

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 […]

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