Intangible Value

I’m the kind of person who shuts out advertising. I often hit the mute button when commercials come on TV, and I never click on on-line ads. So I was surprised to find this video so enlightening. It’s called “Life lessons from an ad man” by an advertising executive named Rory Sutherland. Sutherland talks about the importance of “intangible value.” He wants us to see new value in what we already have. In other words, […]

In Honor of El Salvador Jesuits

Yesterday the US House of Representatives passed a resolution honoring the six Jesuit priests and two women murdered in El Salvador in 1989. The dead are Jesuit Fathers Ignacio Ellacuria, Ignacio Martin-Baro, Segundo Montes, Amando Lopez, Juan Ramon Moreno, Joaquin Lopez y Lopez, and housekeeper Julia Elba Ramos and her daughter Celina Mariset Ramos. The occasion of the resolution is the 20th anniversary of the murders on November 16. Read the resolution here.

Best Ignatian Songs: To Be a Pilgrim

In his autobiography, St. Ignatius Loyola wrote of himself in the third person as “the pilgrim.” As David Fleming, SJ, writes in What Is Ignatian Spirituality?, “Ignatius looked at his entire life as a pilgrimage. His journey seemed for a time to be a meandering one. For many years he pursued a goal indistinctly seen by him.” “To Be a Pilgrim” is a hymn that captures this Ignatian spirit of pilgrimage. The words were written […]

A Group Examen

The daily Examen is the most familiar and widely-practiced form of Ignatian prayer. Millions of people pray it every day. Philip Shano, SJ, takes it a step further. In a recent article in Review for Religious, he discusses his experience with praying the Examen in groups. He is talking about the Examen in a religious community, but I don’t see any reason why other groups with a common purpose and identity couldn’t use it too […]

The Art of Marko Rupnik

Marko Rupnik, SJ, is a Slovenian Jesuit, based in Rome, whose dazzling mosaics adorn churches at Fatima and Lourdes as well as the Pope’s private chapel. His latest work is the mosaics in the chapel of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. The mosaics were unveiled earlier this year. Fr. Rupnik works in the ancient tradition of sacred iconography. Mosaics on the walls of the chapel depict events in salvation history. A huge 28-by-44 foot mosaic […]

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

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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