Best Ignatian Songs: Stand By Me

You may have already seen this week’s Ignatian song on YouTube. More than 14 million people have. It’s an inventive version of “Stand By Me,” sung by musicians all over the world. It’s a creation of the Playing for Change Project which promotes global solidarity through music. It certainly has the Ignatian spirit–open, fresh, and drenched in gratitude. I found about it from Marco Ambrosio’s blog. He’s also drenched in the Ignatian spirit. Enjoy.

The Examen for Families

Blogger Cynthia Kirk proposes a way for families to use the Examen around the dinner table: 1. For what time or event today are you most grateful (thankful/happy)? (Initially, you may have to name a few things in a young child’s day to help them catch on to the practice for #1 and #2.) 2. For which moment are you least grateful? 3. How did you show love today? (For very young children, you may […]

Colbert vs. Richard Dawkins

A Friday entertainment break. Ignatian angle: Fr. Jim Martin, SJ, is “chaplain” of the Colbert Report. The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Richard Dawkins www.colbertnation.com

Best Ignatian Songs: Pie Jesu

One of the loveliest pieces of sacred music that I know is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rendition of “Pie Jesu.”  “Pie Jesu” means “Kind Jesus,” and the Latin text calls on “the Lamb of God” to show mercy to his people.  It’s here because mercy is at the heart of Ignatian spirituality. The text has an interesting history.  The “Pie Jesu” is an ancient motet based on the the last couplet of the “Dies Irae,” the […]

To Live in the Mercy of God

by Denise Levertov To lie back under the tallest oldest trees. How far the stems rise, rise before ribs of shelter open! To live in the mercy of God. The complete sentence too adequate, has no give. Awe, not comfort. Stone, elbows of stony wood beneath lenient moss bed. Read the whole poem here.

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Best Ignatian Songs: Every Grain of Sand

It’s back to Bob Dylan for this week’s Ignatian song.  It’s “Every Grain of Sand,” one of Dylan’s many songs with powerful Biblical imagery. The beauty of this song is in the lyrics.  They depict a man choked by “the flowers of indulgence,” trying to resist “temptation’s angry flame,” sensing God’s presence Like Cain, I now behold this chain of events that I must break. In the fury of the moment I can see the […]

Fitting In

Not “fitting in” is an uncomfortable feeling–and a common one. Sometimes it’s a self-inflicted condition, but sometimes the feeling of longing for a home that hasn’t arrived yet is the truth of our state. Blogger Lisa Kelly thinks that not fitting is often a byproduct of the Ignatian outlook, and of the work that this outlook leads to. Lisa and her family are living in El Salvador while her husband is on sabbatical.  She writes […]

Getting Started in Ignatian Discernment

The goal of Ignatian discernment is to discover where God is active in our lives.  Here is a simple two-step exercise to get started with it.  It is adapted from a “spiritual warm-up” developed by Tim Muldoon in his book The Ignatian Workout: 1. Be quiet (turn off radios, TVs, computers, video games; close books and magazines). 2. Think about what really makes you happy. Step 1 isn’t easy.  Muldoon suggests focusing on your breathing.  […]

Oprah Picks a Jesuit

Say You’re One of Them, a short story collection by Uwem Akpan, SJ, a Nigerian Jesuit, is Oprah Winfrey’s latest pick for her book club.  It’s the first time Oprah has chosen a book of short stories (and Fr. Akpan is her first Jesuit author). Each of the book’s five stories are set in a different African country and all are told from a child’s point of view.  They deal with the poverty, ethnic conflicts, […]

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