How to Enter the New Year

If you’re reading this, you lived to see the new year. This is no small matter! Your life makes a difference in the universe, whether or not you embrace your God-given power. May this prayer accompany your initial steps into the future. God of all time, help us enter the New Year quietly, thoughtful of who we are to ourselves and to others, mindful that our steps make an impact and our words carry power. […]

Best of the Year

Happy New Year! Before we jump into the new year of dotMagis posts, let’s take some time today to look back at the year ended. Enjoy some of the most popular posts from 2015. The Power of Silent Prayer My Mother’s Suscipe The Gift of the Ordinary Reimagining the Ignatian Examen Flip Book: Naming the Grace Living “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam” Did you have a favorite post this year? What do you want to see […]

Examen Prayer for the Year

As we transition into the new year, let’s try an Examen prayer of our previous year. It’s really pretty simple: the Examen helps us reflect on a past period of time—usually we reflect prayerfully over the previous day or the previous few hours. But I believe we can apply these principles to the past calendar year as well. Step One: Become aware of God’s presence. One way of doing this is to ask the Holy […]

Best of the Year

Happy New Year! Before we jump into the new year of dotMagis posts, let’s take some time today to look back at the year ended. Enjoy some of the most popular posts from 2014. Examen Prayer Card Pope Francis’s Message of Mercy Gratitude on the Difficult Days Lord Jesus, Teach Me to Be Generous Four Ways to Avoid Gossip Did you have a favorite post this year? What do you want to see on dotMagis […]

New Year’s Gift of Indifference

As we move out of the Christmas season and into the New Year, my family is cleaning up the last decorations and storing away extra gift wrap and boxes. It reminds me of a prayer from many Christmases ago, when my spiritual director suggested praying about what gift I’d like to offer to Jesus and what gift I thought he might be offering to me. This suggestion was given at a particularly difficult time in […]

10 Ways to Begin Well

Rather than compose elaborate resolutions for the year to come, simply do, in some small way, what you intend to do all year: Say “Thank you” to at least one person. Make one healthy choice about your body—food or drink or rest or motion. Do one generous act, big or small. Say “yes” to the day’s gifts. Get quiet for five minutes, just to be still. Let one person know that you appreciate him or […]

My Will and the New Year

It was a freezing cold night as we left Mass and headed across the street to pick up dinner for our daughter before we headed to our New Year’s Eve party. It was the kind of cold that stops your breath when you venture outside and freezes your eyelashes together in seconds. My husband ran in to the McDonald’s, leaving my daughter and me in the running car to spare us the harsh temperatures outside. […]

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