Five Tips for Beating Loneliness from St. Ignatius

A recent study revealed an epidemic of loneliness in America. Loneliness and social isolation isn’t limited to America, though; it’s a global scourge that Pope Francis has addressed: There are no longer close personal relationships. Today’s culture seems to encourage people not to bond with anything or anyone, not to trust…At the root of so many contemporary situations is a kind of impoverishment born of a widespread and radical sense of loneliness. Running after the […]

Desires and Discernment

Sean Salai, SJ, interviewed writer, spiritual director, and Jesuit novice director Mark Thibodeaux, SJ, about discernment of spirits in the Ignatian tradition. When asked about distinctive features of the Ignatian approach, Thibodeaux replied: Probably the most surprising feature of the Ignatian approach is the premise that God’s will can often be discovered in our “great desires.” Much of Christian spirituality presumes that our desires are bad and will lead us to sinful actions. Ignatius believed […]

Keeping Things Secret

Ignatius warns against the false spirit’s trick of getting me to keep things secret from my mentors and companions. Common sense requires that I not tell everyone everything all the time. However, if my companions and mentors are well chosen and are trustworthy, there is virtually no reason to keep any part of my inner life secret from them. If I find myself doing so, chances are, the false spirit is afoot. When I am […]

Coping with Spiritual Desolation During the Holidays

Usually, during November and December, our thoughts turn to gratitude for God’s blessings and preparing our hearts for the coming of hope through the Christ Child. But what if, as the holidays approach, we feel anything but hopeful? The other day, I was sharing with a friend how excited I was that Advent was coming. My friend usually loves Advent too. However, when I mentioned it, her face literally contorted in pain. She shared that, […]

Support Networks

A popular series of cell-phone commercials boasted the strength of network coverage by showing a huge crowd of people following close behind the customer as he walked down the street speaking on his cell phone. That’s a good metaphor for the kind of support I’m going to need if I am to live according to God’s will. As I make my way through the spiritual life, it is absolutely crucial that I have a strong […]

Reimagining the Examen App

Readers of this blog may already be familiar with Reimagining the Ignatian Examen. We’ve featured flip books based on the popular book of the same name, and now Reimagining the Examen is an app. Years ago, Mark Thibodeaux, SJ, created the prayer app before he even knew it. The novice director for the Central and Southern provinces jotted down themed Examens in a Word document that he would pray from on his iPhone. This year, […]

Reimagining the Ignatian Examen Flip Book: Choose Life

A passage from the book of Deuteronomy provides the jumping off point for Reimagining the Ignatian Examen: Choose Life. This is part of the Examen flip books series we’ve been sharing this month at dotMagis. The text is from Reimagining the Ignatian Examen by Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ, a novice director for Jesuits in formation and an acknowledged expert on prayer and discernment. Follow the example of St. Ignatius and pray the Examen daily. Praise, […]

Reimagining the Ignatian Examen Flip Book: Praise, Reverence, Service

The First Principle and Foundation is the inspiration for Reimagining the Ignatian Examen: Praise, Reverence, Service. This latest in our series of Examen flip books brings a fresh perspective on prayer right to your computer. The text is from Reimagining the Ignatian Examen by Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ, a novice director for Jesuits in formation and an acknowledged expert on prayer and discernment. Praise, Reverence, Service If the embedded feature doesn’t display in your e-mail […]

Reimagining the Ignatian Examen Flip Book: Gratitude

St. Ignatius believed that gratitude was among the highest of virtues. This week, pray with a special Examen that invites you to dwell in gratitude. It’s one of our new Reimagining the Ignatian Examen Flip Books. Using prayers from the new book Reimagining the Ignatian Examen by Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ, the flip books bring the Examen to your desktop, laptop, or mobile device. Each week during July at dotMagis we’ll share a different Examen […]

Reimagining the Ignatian Examen Flip Book: Naming the Grace

In his book, Reimagining the Ignatian Examen, Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ, writes: But the closer I grow to Christ, the more I want to share with him the seemingly insignificant things as well. I know that he’s there, in the midst of it all, and I long to tap into his presence right there in the mud and muck, the pencils and French fries of my complicated yet incredibly ordinary life. This is why the […]

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