Taking Off My Shoes

“Nor can foot feel, being shod” This line from Gerard Manley Hopkins’s poem “God’s Grandeur” is a commentary on what the poet saw as one of many pitfalls of the burgeoning industrial revolution, which, in his imagination, divorced people from knowledge of the natural world in which they lived. People are “shod”—shoe-wearing, meaning that they can no longer feel the earth beneath their feet. For decades I’ve held this line as a metaphor—until now, when, […]

Five Ways to Create a Good Space for Prayer

Taking inventory of the various spaces in your life probably gave you some ideas—it may have inspired you, which is good, because now you’re going to create some space just for prayer. Here are five basic steps to help you start. I’m sure that by the time you’re at step 3, you’ll have generated various additional steps that work for you. Step 1: Choose indoors or outdoors. If you’re like me and many other people, […]

Springtime Scents

We’re somewhere in the middle of spring, which here in Chicago means temperatures jumping from winter-like lows to summer-like highs. The changing of seasons (even all within the same calendar season of spring) makes me more aware of my senses, particularly the sense of smell. Freshly mown grass and flowering plants are just two of the more obvious scents spring brings to my nose. Some people love these smells. I’m a little less enthused about […]

Tasting the Breeze

I was recently asked how we can “turn down the noise” in our lives so we can better notice God around us. What I don’t think we actually do is listen to the noise. How often do we pause to notice the sounds coming into our ears? The sights and colors entering our eyes? The scents entering our nostrils? It’s this kind of awareness that’s key to an Ignatian spiritual life. St. Ignatius would call […]

Taste and See: Experiencing God with Our Sense of Taste

Welcome to the Taste and See: Experiencing God with Our Senses online retreat. We’ve explored each of the senses as a way to encounter God. Today we conclude by considering the sense of taste. We have to eat in order to live; that’s a given. Beyond that, though, there’s a great deal of variety in what and how we eat. With a world full of flavors and tastes out there, no two people will ever […]

Taste and See: Experiencing God with Our Sense of Touch

Welcome to the Taste and See: Experiencing God with Our Senses online retreat. Each Monday we’ll explore one of the senses as a way to encounter God. Today we consider the sense of touch. Unlike some of the other senses, touch requires proximity. You can see, smell, or hear a person from a distance, but to touch someone or something, you need to be up close. Maybe that’s why touch is so often taken as […]

Taste and See: Experiencing God with Our Sense of Smell

Welcome to the Taste and See: Experiencing God with Our Senses online retreat, where we’ll explore each of the senses as a way to encounter God. Today we consider the sense of smell. “Stop and smell the roses,” is a familiar invitation. It’s a call to slow down and to enjoy life as we live it. There are many different ways to word this. We could tell each other to “stop and look at the […]

Taste and See: Experiencing God with Our Sense of Hearing

Welcome to the Taste and See: Experiencing God with Our Senses online retreat. Each Monday we’ll explore one of the senses as a way to encounter God. Today we consider the sense of hearing. Thanks to technology, we have a lot of individual control over what we hear. We have favorite songs on our phones, podcasts we can tune into whenever we drive, and headphones to block out the conversation around us on an airplane. […]

Taste and See: Experiencing God with Our Sense of Sight

Welcome to the Taste and See: Experiencing God with Our Senses online retreat. Each Monday we’ll explore one of the senses as a way to encounter God. We begin with the sense of sight. Our sight is a gift, one that we use nearly every waking moment of the day. We take in so much with our eyes: traffic lights, the dishes on the kitchen counter, the blinking cursor on the computer screen, the leaves […]

Experiencing God with Our Senses Online Retreat

“God speaks to us through what we see, hear, smell, touch, and taste. We know this intuitively, but to think about it consciously is a powerful form of prayer.” —Ginny Kubitz Moyer Take some time this October to think about how we encounter God through our senses and join Ginny Kubitz Moyer and your fellow readers for an online retreat here at dotMagis. Each weekly segment of Taste and See: Experiencing God with Our Senses […]

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