Enkindling the World Before Lent

This short period of Ordinary Time after the Christmas season is a great time to prepare ourselves for the season of Lent, leading to Christ’s Passion. We can spend time getting to know Jesus, encountering him, growing in friendship, witnessing his way of proceeding, and coming to know his heart. The Sunday readings in these weeks move from stories of calling, in which the disciples make a commitment to follow Jesus, to stories of Christ’s […]

The Main Thing

This post is based on Week Six of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. My boss recently shared an oft-quoted adage from the corporate world: “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” I welcomed the timely reminder, as this advice caught me during a week I’d felt overextended with work projects and overcommitted in my personal life. I’d needed a reminder to keep my focus on my main goals—and allow myself to […]

Covered by the Dust of the Lord’s Feet

This post is based on Week Six of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. In the ancient Middle East, men who trained to be rabbis memorized the laws and traditions of the Hebrew Scriptures. The final stages of this process involved applying to a well-known rabbi and asking to be one of his disciples. If the rabbi agreed, the disciple would follow him everywhere, in hopes of becoming just like him. There are even ancient stories that […]

Ignatius’s First Followers

Let’s take a moment in IgnatiusFest to think about the men who first followed Ignatius.  We wouldn’t be here without Ignatius, but we wouldn’t be here without the first companions either.  They were a handful of students who met Ignatius at the University of Paris.  They made the bold decision to join their lives together in a radical fellowship.   It was a crucial moment.  As the narrator of this video says, “the first follower turns […]