Waving to a Stranger

Standing in a piazza in Lucca, Italy, dappled sunlight shining down on me, I licked gelato al limone while my husband peeked in storefront windows. Our boys traded licks of their own flavors as they critiqued them with the seriousness of a Food Network expert. I whispered “I’m happy” to no one but me and God, as I often do when the moment comes, to capture it and make it more real. A small bus […]

10 Things to Love about Ignatian Spirituality

Here are 10 things I love about Ignatian spirituality. 1. It promotes lasting happiness. One of my friends gave me a coffee mug that reads “Do more of what makes you happy.” Every morning, it makes me happy just thinking about doing things that make me happy! I am also reminded of St. Ignatius’s belief that those noble desires closest to our hearts that make us most happy deep down—not passing fancies or things that […]

Our Human Need for Happiness and Fulfillment (A Letter)

A reader wrote and asked: How does Ignatian spirituality address the human need for happiness and fulfillment of the whole person? Dear Ignatian Friend, Thank you for this question! While I know I do not have all the answers nor the space to give as thorough an answer as I would like, I do want to offer a few ideas on how I believe Ignatian spirituality helps us address our human need for happiness and […]

What Makes You Happy?

Here’s a fun initiative. Loyola University Maryland’s campus ministry is highlighting clips of people sharing what makes them happy. In this video, campus ministry intern Meredith Lynn shares her thoughts on happiness. One element is that it includes an attitude of gratitude.

The Sunday Website

Saint Louis University’s Sunday Website provides resources for preparing for weekly Mass and better understanding the readings. One of the reflections for yesterday takes up the question, “Does God want us to be happy?” Read it, and explore the rest of the site here.

10 Secrets to Happiness According to Pope Francis

In a recent interview, Pope Francis shared ten secrets to happiness. The complete list is here. Number four on the list is: “A healthy sense of leisure.” The pleasures of art, literature and playing together with children have been lost, he said. “Consumerism has brought us anxiety” and stress, causing people to lose a “healthy culture of leisure.” Their time is “swallowed up” so people can’t share it with anyone. As summer stretches on, it […]