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With the “Blessed”

The stench of the mud hut with the tin roof that was home to a woman dying of breast cancer, her two children in torn, dirty clothes, and their …

Un-Prayed-For Answers

A friend of mine is one of those people who is always cheerful and positive even though it seems as though she encounters more than her fair share of …

Mercy-ing

“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”<p>—John 1:14<p>One way the Word becomes flesh and moves among us is through the particular words we—with all …

The Birth of Jesus: Part of the Family Now

<i>This post is based on Week Four of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. For this particular reflection, I’m sharing a raw journal entry. The following</i> …

Bringing Jesus to the Workplace

Do you bring Jesus to work with you? Perhaps, like me, you suspect that Jesus would not be too popular in your workplace. I work in the public sector …

God Winks

I was driving home the other day and was listening to the song “Lost in the Wilderness” from the musical <i>Children of Eden</i>. In the song Cain expresses …

Playful Spirituality

In the discussions among my theology student peers, the contemporary mantra, “I’m spiritual but not religious” comes up frequently. Some of the …

The Earthen Vessel

Ignatian contemplation is most often associated with praying imaginatively with a scene from the Gospels, but I also find praying with particular …

The Truth and Comfort in Ignatian Spirituality

Once upon a time—before I had kids, to be precise—I had the freedom to drop everything for a weekend and go on retreat. If I felt like praying, I was …

Spirituality

The Tattoo

It was the parental conversation when I realized I had lost all control. “You are not getting a tattoo!” I declared to my 18-year-old son, who just …

Protest

God as Mystery, God as Neighbor

Yesterday was a normal day, just like any other, but for some reason I woke up and was jolted with some unexpected thoughts about life and death. I …

Mirrors of Dangerous Grace

<i>This is a guest post by Michelle Francl-Donnay for An Ignatian Prayer Adventure.</i><p>I have a favorite mirror, which thankfully is not in my house. In it, …

Happier

God’s Gaze

One of the biggest revelations one can have in prayer is that he or she is loved, especially those who have experienced trauma or abandonment. When I …

Faith

Four Ways to Avoid Gossip

<i>In celebration of the release of Pope Francis’s book,</i> The Church of Mercy, <i>several of our dotMagis bloggers will be sharing reflections based on the</i> …

Pay Attention!

When I was in grade school, I was a daydreamer. I could get lost in the view out of the classroom window, in the display on the bulletin board at the …

Daffodils

The Grace of Failure

This topic came up in class, and it gets better as I continue to think about it. Here’s the thumbnail: the young Ignatius went to Jerusalem to …

Faith

Take Courage

One thing about Ignatius—he had courage. Common sense isn’t always apparent in his early life; humility came later, too, and Ignatius grew into his …

Christianity

Daddy’s Girl

It was a moment of grace on a Sunday afternoon. My husband, Jim, and I were walking through the crowd into a Creighton U basketball game. In the …

Miniature

Thin Places

William Barry, SJ, in his book, <i>A Friendship Like No Other</i>, invites us to be aware of our “thin places,” those moments where we easily find God. …

Grandparents

Marked by Love

It was a small moment, and one I have thought about for several weeks. As I was stopped at a traffic light heading home from work one afternoon, I …

Wheelchairs

I Love This Picture

I love it because you saw something. No: rather, something invited your gaze to linger and see beauty,And you paused long enough to catch this …

Inspiration

The “Examen”ed Life

The fruit of the regular practice of the Examen—or more broadly, the life of regular, cumulative, formative reflection—is living with greater …

Middle School

“Your Right Hand Holds Me Fast”

Psalm 139, which is beloved by so many, is a favorite of mine.<p><i>LORD, you search me and you know me:</i> <i><br>you know when I sit and stand;</i> <i><br>you understand my</i> …

How-To's

When You Think Someone Is Wrong

I’ve been thinking about Ignatius’s Presupposition lately. This is a ground rule for the Spiritual Exercises that he puts right at the beginning of …

Faith

Spirituality of Family Life

There were two stone masons, each doing the same job. The first, a melancholy man, was asked what he was doing. “I lay stones,” he replied, looking …

Spirituality

Removing Our Blinders

I drive pretty much the same route to work each morning. This can mean mentally shifting into autopilot and getting to work without much thought …

The Gratitude List

A friend of mine was stuck in traffic in New York City late on a summer Friday afternoon. He was really stuck—sitting in his car on a narrow …

New York City

Praying the Examen with Children

School is back in full-swing in Texas! Every year when school starts, I find myself setting goals that I want to work on as a mom and that we want to …

Faith

Noticing

I was walking through the parking lot at work this week, getting to campus early to catch up on a few things. I zipped in and parked at the far end …

Iowa

Mind the Gap between Faith and Life

When I was a kid, my faith and my life went together pretty easily. I learned a very practical faith from the nuns in school and my parents at home. …

New Jersey