An Award Nominee

Mary Ann Glendon has refused to accept the Laetare Medal from Notre Dame. Jim Martin, SJ has an idea for a replacement.

Kataphatic or Apophatic Prayer?

Did you know that Ignatian prayer is “kataphatic” as opposed to “apophatic?” Neither did I. Actually, these fancy words point to a useful distinction. “Kataphatic” prayer has content; it uses words, images, symbols, ideas. “Apophatic” prayer has no content. It means emptying the mind of words and ideas and simply resting in the presence of God. Centering prayer is apophatic. Ignatian prayer is mostly kataphatic. That’s an oversimplification. Here’s an article by Frederick McLeod, SJ, that […]

The List 5.4.09: Washington Jesuit Academy

The List is a weekly feature highlighting something remarkable, offbeat, or otherwise noteworthy from the world of Ignatian spirituality. A friend sent me a link to this video last week.  I’ve seen lots of videos, but this one is something special.  It promotes a school.  Usually that’s a prescription for video tedium, but not this time. The school is Washington Jesuit Academy, a tuition-free middle school offering quality education to disadvantaged boys in the 6th, […]

Why Does Karl Rahner Have a Facebook Page?

He died in 1984, after all. But here it is. The great Jesuit theologian has 50 friends. I sent a friend request. Teilhard de Chardin has a Facebook page too, but, sadly, Teilhard has no friends. Or at least he didn’t when I wrote this. I sent him a friend request too. But I haven’t heard from either Karl or Teilhard. Karl and Teilhard must be keeping track of social media from heaven. Maybe they’ve […]

Welcome to dotMagis

You’ve arrived at dotMagis, the blog of  New blog, new website.  What are they all about? is intended to help everyone understand and benefit from the spiritual insights of Ignatius Loyola.  These ideas can help you pray, make decisions, and discern God’s presence in your life.  Ignatian spirituality can be a practical guide to daily living.  This site is your pathway into all things Ignatian. If you think that’s not a modest goal, […]

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