Charged with Grandeur

About a year ago I got the idea of putting together a collection of short readings of inspiring and enlightening material from the Ignatian tradition.  My bosses said “do it,” and “presto” here it is.  Charged with Grandeur: The Book of Ignatian Inspiration has just been published. The title comes from the first line of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s famous poem: “The world is charged with the grandeur of God.” The readings are arranged in themes, […]

Reasons to Stay Catholic

At the America magazine blog, Valerie Schultz lists the top ten reasons to stay Catholic.  A couple are whimsical (#5: We put on an excellent funeral); all of them are thoughtful. Valerie’s post reminded me to mention a fine book that Loyola Press has recently published—Why Stay Catholic? by Michael Leach.   Publisher’s Weekly interviewed him and gave the book a starred review.  Leach has also been publishing an entertaining blog that’s well worth a look.  […]

An Ignatian Pathway

Paul Coutinho, SJ, has just published a new book. It’s called An Ignatian Pathway: Experiencing the Mystical Dimension of the Spiritual Exercises. Coutinho is an Indian Jesuit who has been teaching at St. Louis University for several years.  He brings an Eastern sensibility to his reflections on the Spiritual Exercises.  He’s different, provocative, always probing and personal. Here’s a sample: Ignatius suggests that when theology becomes an experience of the heart it evokes greater reverence. […]

Screwtape Book Discussion

At America’s “In All Things” blog, Bill Van Ornum invites reflection and opinions about C.S. Lewis’s fable The Screwtape Letters. He points out the parallels between the circumstances today (war in Libya) and the time when Lewis wrote the book (World War II).  Van Ornum comments that Lewis “refers several times in Screwtape to the conflict and enmity between pacifists and those adhering to just-war theories, pointing out that each side becomes so certain of […]

What Forgiveness Means

I have a friend whose family members hang onto grudges and slights. They are people who remember everything ever done to them, against them—and by whom. They just can’t let of the wrong that has been done to them and they carry it with them every day. “Refusing to forgive someone who has wronged you,” he says, “is like taking rat poison and hoping the rat dies.” Forgiveness is an incredibly difficult task, and for […]

A Jesuit Off-Broadway

One day at Loyola Press I was given a manuscript to read  and asked to give an opinion.  Nothing unusual about that — but I was completely enthralled.  (Now that’s unusual.) I read the whole thing in about three hours.  It was one of the most artfully written, interesting, and entertaining manuscripts I’d ever read.  The author was James Martin, SJ.  The manuscript became the book A Jesuit Off-Broadway. It’s just been published in paperback. […]

Come to the Table: A Passover Seder for Parish Use

I try to live in sync with the liturgical year because doing so provides a glorious framework for daily living. I mention this because revising my book, Come to the Table: A Passover Seder for Parish Use during Advent felt downright weird.  But an author needs to do what an author needs to do, so that’s what I did to make  this second edition available before Lent.  Come to the Table is now available! Buy […]

Examen Book Review

The first review of A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer is up.  Meredith Gould likes it!  Read it here. While you’re at it, browse through Meredith’s blog “Virtual Abbey.”

Narrowness Is the Way

A story from Tattoos on the Heart, by Greg Boyle, SJ: At three o’clock in the morning, the phone rings. It’s Cesar. He says what every homie says when they call in the middle of the night, “Did I wake you?” I always think Why no, I was just waiting and hoping that you’d call. Cesar is sober and it’s urgent that he talk to me. “I gotta ask you a question. You know how […]

What’s Missing from the Jesuit Guide?

I thought that the “Almost” in Fr. Jim Martin’s The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything was only a clever word in catchy title, but it turns out that the book really doesn’t cover everything.  The author had to drop a whole section on some of his Jesuit heroes for space reasons (St.Aloysius Gonzaga, St. Jean de Brébeuf, and St. Alberto Hurtado, to be exact).  And he wishes he had written more about the Ignatian concept […]

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