Week 5 of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure

An Ignatian Prayer Adventure is at the halfway point. We move into Week 5, exploring the question: What do I really want? We begin with the meditation on the Call of Christ, Our King. How has the retreat experience been for you so far? Please share your questions and reflections in the comments.

Week 4 of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure

Our online retreat continues with Week 4 of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure ready today. We’re moving into the Second Week of the Spiritual Exercises and begin by contemplating the Incarnation and the birth of Jesus. If you’re just coming to the retreat, welcome. You can start the retreat back at Week 1, or follow along now as we explore our theme of “Knowing Jesus.” For those of you who have been participating since the start […]

Join An Ignatian Prayer Adventure Week 3

An Ignatian Prayer Adventure continues with Week 3 materials ready today. Our theme is “Something’s Broken,” and we consider the effects of sin in the world and in our lives. The aim is not to dwell in guilt and despair. As Kevin O’Brien, SJ, writes: We don’t get very far just by counting our sins and trying to overcome them by sheer force of will. Instead, we need to keep our eyes fixed on God’s […]

Lent-Easter Retreat Week 2

Week 2 of our Ignatian Prayer Adventure retreat begins today.  The theme of the week is “Finding God in All Things.” Don’t worry if you haven’t done Week 1.  You can start the retreat now.  Or you can just stop by on the days when you have the time.  Each day has a grace to pray for, a reading, and a reflection related to the week’s theme.  Go here for suggestions about praying the retreat.

An Ignatian Prayer Adventure Begins

An Ignatian Prayer Adventure begins today. Our focus for this first week of the retreat is “Love, Freedom, and Purpose.” We’ll consider questions such as: Who is God for me? How does God see me? When have I experienced interior freedom? and How do I praise, love, and serve God? Visit People for Others and Days of Deepening Friendship tomorrow for reflections by Paul Brian Campbell, SJ, and Vinita Hampton Wright. I’ll have a video […]

In Spite of Darkness

“In Spite of Darkness” is an award-winning documentary about an interfaith retreat at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps in Poland, where more than 1 million people, nearly all of them European Jews, were exterminated by the Nazis.  It was produced by Loyola Productions Munich and directed by Christof Wolf, SJ.  You can watch it at this link on the film’s site.  This is the trailer.  (Click here to watch it on YouTube.)

What Happened at Wernersville

Last week the New York Times published an article that must have surprised long-time readers of its Travel section.  It was a Brooklyn woman’s account of her five-day retreat at the Jesuit Center in Wernersville, Pennsylvania.  I’ve seen lots of retreat houses.  I’ve made a retreat at Wernersville myself.  It was enlightening to see the place through the eyes of a secular New Yorker who didn’t really know what she was getting into.  Read the […]

How to Give Retreats

If you give retreats, or know someone who does, think about going to an intensive workshop on preaching the Ignatian weekend retreat to be held July 8-17 at Montserrat Retreat House in Dallas.  The faculty for the week is headed by Joseph Tetlow, SJ, and includes Marie Schwan, CSJ, Ed Quinnan, SJ, and other retreat directors from Ignatian retreat houses. The workshop has a practical focus.  Participants will learn how to prepare eleven talks based […]

Retreats for the Homeless

The weather is cold, snowy and miserable here in the Midwest — a good time to think about the homeless among us. Get acquainted with the Ignatian Spirituality Project, a mission that brings the graces of the Spiritual Exercises to the poor and homeless. It’s remarkable. (If you can’t see the video, click here.) The Ignatian Spirituality Project from Jesuit Conference USA on Vimeo.

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