An Invitation to Love

Very little in our culture makes it easy to love God and our neighbor. Too soon in childhood we learn to fear God and others. Fear gets in the way of love. Too soon also we learn to want things only because others have them; thus we are taught to be competitive with others. Fear, envy, and the desire to win out over others get in the way of loving others. Moreover, God can seem […]

Ignatian-Inspired Resources for Catechesis

Many parishes start a new year of faith formation this month. For dotMagis readers involved in parish ministry, we highlight these Ignatian-inspired resources for catechesis. The Daily Examen for Missionary Disciples This video, prepared for all those who participate in the V Encuentro process, is available in English and in Spanish. Ignatian Spirituality: An Introduction—Free Poster and Booklet Perfect for older students, adult faith formation opportunities, or your own continued learning, Ignatian Spirituality: An Introduction […]

God Right Here

This story is inspired by Matthew 14:22, following the feeding of the five thousand. Jesus made me get into the boat with the other disciples. I didn’t want to go. I wanted to stay with him on the shore, savoring the miracle I’d just seen. Thousands of people fed! I wished I could just stand there at his side, watching. He made us get into the boat, and I sat with my legs crossed, my […]

Pilgrim, See Your Path

Today, imagine a long, thin trail ahead of you. You see it disappear down distant hills, only to reappear on even more distant hilltops. This trail wanders to the left and then turns back on itself. It weaves over bare fields, down the Main Streets of small towns. It works its way through tall trees in one spot, tall buildings in another. In some places, the trail is dotted with many other pilgrims. Some talk […]

Giving in God’s Name

A Room Filled with Treasure You showed me a room filled with treasure, precious, priceless, and told me it was mine; I marveled: what a gift! such abundance! a comfort to have it, but what would I do with it? then I knew it: I could give it away… You interrupted, insisted “This is yours.” “I can’t give it away?” I asked. “Beloved heart, this is yours; you’ve already given it away.” And so it […]

When You Think Someone Is Wrong

I’ve been thinking about Ignatius’s Presupposition lately. This is a ground rule for the Spiritual Exercises that he puts right at the beginning of the book. It’s about the relationship between the spiritual director and the person making the retreat. To assure better cooperation between the one who is giving the Exercises and the exercitant, and more beneficial results for both, it is necessary to suppose that every good Christian is more ready to put a good interpretation […]

How Autumn Can Enhance Your Spiritual Retreat

Shifts between seasons can boost our ability to do spiritual retreat. For instance, in autumn, we experience a natural regrouping; many of us plan as enthusiastically during September as we do in January at the new year. Often, this is a time of assessment on many levels. Autumn is also a time of fade-out leading to winter dormancy. Those of us who live in climates that turn cold and barren feel a definite urge to […]

Ten Things Forgiveness Is Not

Forgiveness is not the acceptance of injustice. Forgiveness is not a reason to keep things the way they always have been. Forgiveness is not incompatible with loving anger. Forgiveness does not eliminate the need for mutual communication. Forgiveness is not yet reconciliation. Forgiveness is not a moment but a process. Forgiveness does not forget history. Forgiveness does not create illusions but engages deeply with what is real. Forgiveness is not a straight line. Forgiveness is […]

Getting Started

I once received the following advice as an educator: give students a few minutes to start homework in class, because sometimes getting started can seem like such an obstacle that they may give up if they have to do it on their own. Isn’t that also true of adults? We want to do good things and be better people, but how can we even start? Now is the time. Decide and begin. We always have […]

If You Lose Your Way in the Fog

If the worst happens, and the fog gets so thick that you really can’t move an inch, try using these tactics: Tell God, and maybe a human friend, how you feel, and ask them to pry you away from the negative force fields, even though you really want to stay where you are, in isolation. Force yourself to make contact with other people; go to town, walk around the market, make yourself a meal, phone […]

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