Practice Listening

Over the next several days, practice listening. Listen to everything—traffic sounds, nature sounds, speaking sounds, and the sounds of peace and quiet. Try to listen with great attention for five or ten minutes every day. Do this during a coffee/tea break, if that helps. Then, gradually tune in to God’s voice. This voice will come through many of the sounds you have already been noticing. It will also emerge as you partake of the arts—books, […]

Look over the Expanse of Your Work

Those of us in the United States and Canada are celebrating Labor Day today. When you look back over your whole life, what work do you think will emerge in that view as the most meaningful and most influential? Think about that with today’s video reflection, courtesy of author and editor Vinita Hampton Wright. If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the video The Expanse of Your Work.

Vinita Hampton Wright on the Principle and Foundation

Vinita Hampton Wright speaks about the Principle and Foundation, the first key meditation of the Spiritual Exercises. In it, we reflect on how we are created to praise, reverence, and serve God, and how the things of earth all help us to pursue that end. Vinita says that the Principle and Foundation re-orients us to reality. The reality is this. God, who is love, created everything that is, including me. And all of creation, including […]

Imaginative Prayer: A Meeting on the Road to Emmaus

This imaginative prayer exercise is based on Luke 24:13-35, the story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Listen to an audio version of this guided reflection here. It’s a long walk home from Jerusalem, but you’re glad for the exertion. The physical work of walking might ease, just slightly, the harder work that’s going on inside you today. It is the work of grief. You lost a friend just a few days ago. Not […]

Writing Retreat

Author and editor Vinita Hampton Wright will be hosting an online writing retreat at her blog this week. The theme is “Writing for the Soul,” and she explains it as a time to use writing to help participants figure out what’s going on in their lives, how they feel about it, and what dreams are bubbling up to the surface. All materials are available for free online, so whether you’re curious about writing as a […]

Everyday Mercy

Vinita Hampton Wright reflects on what mercy looks like in everyday life in a recent article for National Catholic Reporter. Wright realizes that mercy is about small moments in most cases. For example, mercy gives you his seat on the bus, acting as if he was about to get up anyway rather than making you feel that he is doing you a favor. Mercy does not let out that sigh—you know the one—the wordless disapproval […]

Reflecting on This Summer Day

Vinita Hampton Wright leads a summer reflection, asking us what we’ll remember about this summer day in the future. Her questions help us to focus on what’s important and to pay attention to the details of living.

The Tasks of Spring

After a harsh winter for many of us, we’re starting to see signs of spring—at least the calendar indicates it’s now officially spring. But there’s work to be done this season, as Vinita Wright outlines in this video reflection. If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the video The Tasks of Spring.

Welcome to Advent

Yesterday we entered Advent, 2013. We highlighted several of Loyola Press’ Advent resources last week, but today is a reminder of a couple. Vinita Wright’s retreat starts today, and you can get a free eBook of her Christmas story, “August’s Farm,” by subscribing to her blog. If you’re looking for an Advent calendar, check out this online version that directs you to a different reflection each day during the season. A Spanish Advent calendar is […]

All Saints Day

“Everything in God’s universe is present-tense. Divine love transcends time and place. So it’s never really too late to pray for a person or to express love to that beloved soul,” says Vinita Wright in the below video. It’s a good message as we celebrate All Saints Day today and All Souls Day tomorrow. If you’re receiving this through e-mail, click through to watch the video Never Too Late.

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