Two Prayers

All These Things Dear Lord, help me to remember that you gave me life. Thank you for the gift of life. Teach me to slow down, to be still and enjoy the pleasures created for me. To be aware of the beauty that surrounds me: the marvel of mountains, the calmness of lakes, the fragility of a flower petal. I need to remember that all these things come from you. Consciousness Help me, Lord, become […]

“Making” Sacred

Home is sacred space. It is also sacred time. Whether home is a physical location or a state of mind while we wander the globe, we have the power to make it sacred, to hold it in loving attention and simultaneously offer it to God and the world as our gift to give. Here are a few ideas for “making sacred.” I make home sacred by: Receiving it with gratitude, noticing its details from day […]

When I Feel Unseen and Insignificant

The popular prayer site Sacred Space is a joint apostolate of the Irish Jesuits and Loyola Press. We publish the Sacred Space books for Advent and Lent, and a Sacred Space prayer book for the year. This year, we compiled Sacred Space materials that focus on the topic of encouragement, and the result is Sacred Space: A Little Book of Encouragement. For your encouragement today, enjoy this sample. When I Feel Unseen and Insignificant Soon […]

The Joyful Season

Lent originally meant “springtime,” and so we can view it as a springtime for the spirit. It is a time also to spring clean the cave of our hearts! Whatever the variations in the practice of Lent over the last 2,000 years, the main issue is whether Lent helps me to become more aware of how I stand in relation to God and my neighbor. The ancient practices designed to achieve these goals were fasting, […]

Sacred Space Online and in Print

Many dotMagis readers will be familiar with Sacred Space, the website that has been providing Scripture-based prayer online since 1999. Now a joint apostolate of the Irish Jesuits and Loyola Press, the site includes daily step-by-step prayer in more than 20 languages. Sacred Space: The Prayer Book is now available for the year 2016 from Loyola Press. Each day of Sacred Space: The Prayer Book includes Scripture reading and points of reflection, as well as […]