The Best Ignatian Songs: You’ve Got a Friend in Me

William Barry, SJ, one my favorite spiritual writers, says that  friendship is at the heart of  our relationship with God.  So this week I’m putting the Ignatian tag on a song about friendship.   It’s  “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from the movie “Toy Story.”  It was nominated for an Academy Award for best original song in 1995.  Maybe this  choice is a bit whimsical, but this song puts a smile on your face.  […]

The Best Ignatian Songs: Lead Me, Guide Me

Ignatian spirituality is about finding the path that God wants us to walk.  It has much to say about discerning God’s will.  The first step in discernment is to fervently pray that God will lead us.  So my Best Ignatian Song this week is the gospel hymn “Lead Me, Guide Me.”  When you’re facing a decision, sing the chorus: Lead me, guide me along the way, For if you lead me I cannot stray. Lord […]

The List 5.18.09: The Art of the Irish Tin Whistle

The List is a weekly feature highlighting something remarkable, offbeat, or otherwise noteworthy from the world of Ignatian spirituality. I’m not surprised to run into Jesuits with offbeat hobbies and unusual talents, but Ryan Duns, SJ, stands out.  He’s a master of the Irish tin whistle.  This is no mere hobby.   He plays professionally. Last semester he taught a course “An Introduction to the Irish Tin Whistle” in the Irish Studies department at Fordham, where […]

The List 5.4.09: Washington Jesuit Academy

The List is a weekly feature highlighting something remarkable, offbeat, or otherwise noteworthy from the world of Ignatian spirituality. A friend sent me a link to this video last week.  I’ve seen lots of videos, but this one is something special.  It promotes a school.  Usually that’s a prescription for video tedium, but not this time. The school is Washington Jesuit Academy, a tuition-free middle school offering quality education to disadvantaged boys in the 6th, […]

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