Cardoner Vision

In 1522, not long after his conversion, Ignatius sat praying on the bank of the Cardoner River near the village of Manresa in northern Spain. In his Autobiography, he describes an extraordinary vision: He sat down for a little while with his face to the river—Cardoner—which was running deep. While he was seated there, the eyes of his understanding began to be opened; though he did not see any vision, he understood and knew many […]

How Much Do You Know About Ignatian Spirituality? Quiz

Are you a beginner or an expert in Ignatian spirituality? Take our fun, 12-question quiz to test your knowledge of St. Ignatius Loyola and the spirituality he inspired. Share your results in the comments. Powered by Join in 31 Days with St. Ignatius with today’s entry, The Awareness Prayer by Barbara Lee. Follow along everyday this month here and on social media with #31DayswithIgnatius. Use promo code 4975 to purchase your copy of Ignatian Spirituality A to Z for […]

Spiritual Practices in the Daylight

It occurred to me many years ago, when I was in college, that I spent a lot of time and energy looking for spiritual insights. I was always on the hunt for what God had to say to me. I stayed alert for new information, new ways to pray and conduct myself. However, I’d already amassed quite a fortune of spiritual insights. I’d been in church since childhood, attended countless retreats and seminars, and actively […]

From Church to God

It takes a great deal of slow, careful, thoughtful work to learn a language. First there must be the example of someone fluent in that language who acts as a model. Next, there must be careful listening, repeating of sounds that are foreign, and memorizing words and their unfamiliar nuances. Over time one builds small sentences to convey basic meanings. Months, even years later, one grows in the ability to write and speak sentences to […]

Ignatian Spirituality A to Z and 31 Days with St. Ignatius

With Ignatian Spirituality A to Z, author Jim Manney has provided a brief, informative, and entertaining guide to key concepts of Ignatian spirituality and essential characters and events in Jesuit history. We’ve gathered a selection in the below infographic to whet your appetite. Explore other Ignatian terms throughout July with our ninth-annual 31 Days with St. Ignatius celebration. Start with our calendar of favorite Ignatian-themed links here. Then throughout July, dotMagis blog posts will feature […]

On Gratitude

Driving home recently, I couldn’t help but notice that God seemed intent on slowing me down—behind a bus first, then a delivery truck; then a traffic light turned red just as I approached. Far from a waste of time, delays like this signal that God is trying to get my attention. I smile interiorly, grateful for the chance to ponder God’s presence in the brief moments of stillness the detainment affords. Every tree and flower, […]

Praying Through the Pain

Anyone who has ever tried to read the Bible or use a popular prayer app while recovering from surgery or undergoing chemotherapy can describe how difficult it is to pray in these circumstances. The words swim on the page; the meanings don’t register; the mind wanders; the pain blots out all other thoughts; when the pain subsides, drowsiness takes over; some passages trigger worries and anxieties; the joyful ones seem irrelevant. At first glance, Ignatius […]

Finding God in Family Prayer

One of our newest books is all about family prayer: The Prayer List…and Other True Stories of How Families Pray. Through interviews with friends, family members, and others she interviewed, Jane Knuth explores the various ways families have developed prayer practices. All have discovered that God begins with people where they are and leads them into relationship and conversation that become true and life-giving prayer. Here’s part of Jane’s own story: Dean and I are […]

I Am Not Worthy

I slipped into the church, unseen by the women cleaning on Saturday morning; the vacuum’s blare wiped out my footsteps. Early for a women’s breakfast, I thought I’d say hi to Jesus. In our church, an alcove creates a private space in front of the tabernacle. When I sat there, I sang a Communion hymn from my childhood so I wouldn’t scare anyone when I emerged from the hidden spot: Oh, Lord, I am not […]

Ignatian Indifference

Often, we think about freedom as freedom from interference from others, but St. Ignatius understood freedom differently. For him, human freedom is a freedom to grow in relationship with God and share in God’s redemptive work. This requires internal freedom or what Ignatius called “indifference.” Indifference means being detached enough from things, people, or experiences to be able either to take them up or to leave them aside, depending on whether they help us to […]

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