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Sunrise

May 24, 2017

“God is a morning sunrise!” Submitted by Hugh Robins.

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Moon in Morn

May 23, 2017

“Moon setting in early morning over St. Charles.” Submitted by Lorna Shobar.

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Dog

May 22, 2017

“I see God in this puppy at play with nature.” Submitted by Amanda Eagle.

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Sunrise

May 19, 2017

“Sunrise near Sydney, Australia.” Submitted by Heather Smith.

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Pear Trees

May 18, 2017

“A row of blossoming pear trees against a blue sky. Yes, simply exquisite. Thank you, Lord, for making my day extra special.” Submitted by Eileen Ruva.

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  • Feeling the Joy with Jesus
    By Rebecca Ruiz A few years ago, a friend gave me some prints of the Laughing Jesus painting. When I saw it, I immediately started laughing. I wondered what it was about this image that made me laugh. Part of it was that Jesus seemed to have such a joyful countenance that one could really […]
  • More Stillness
    By dotMagis Editor What if, instead of more action, what we need is more stillness? What if, instead of more speech, we need more silence? What if all of our words—whether spoken, in an article, blog post, or group message—will make more sense if understood by attending to the Word underneath all words, the Word […]
  • Grief in the Easter Season
    By Marina McCoy A few weeks ago, partway through the Easter Octave, my stepfather unexpectedly passed away. The news of his passing initially felt like an impossible interruption of joy, contrary to everything that I had been experiencing at Easter. My stepdad married my mom when I was only five, and so essentially raised my […]
  • Wise Thoughts for the Graduate—and for the Rest of Us Too
    By dotMagis Editor In this graduation season, we share some wise and hopeful words from the late Lisa-Marie Calderone-Stewart, in I Wasn’t Dead When I Wrote This: Advice Given in the Nick of Time: If you still think everything seems hopeless, I invite you to do a simple exercise. On one side of a piece […]
  • Discernment Is a Choice of Courage
    By dotMagis Editor In a recent address to seminarians, Pope Francis highlighted three aspects of Ignatian style: friendship with the Lord, discernment, and cultivating the magis, or “more,” for the Kingdom of God. In speaking of discernment, the Pope said: Discernment is a choice of courage, contrary to the more comfortable and reductive ways of […]
  • When to Sing Alleluia
    By Michelle Francl-Donnay “From holy Easter until Pentecost without interruption let ‘Alleluia’ be said both in the Psalms and in the responsories.” —from The Rule of St. Benedict, Chapter 15. Last fall, my students and I read the Rule of St. Benedict, and I invited them to rewrite a chapter or two to suit their […]
  • What Is an Unhealthy Attachment?
    By Vinita Hampton Wright People who are familiar with St. Ignatius, the Spiritual Exercises, or Jesuit spirituality in general will sometimes use the term unhealthy attachment. What is that exactly? Let’s explore this by asking a few questions. Is there any physical habit I have that gets in the way of my being available to […]
  • What Happened in the Tomb?
    By Loretta Pehanich Did you ever wonder what exactly happened in the tomb after Jesus was buried? The mystery of Jesus fully human and fully divine tangles my brain like a shroud; I can’t get my mind wrapped around it. I’m puzzled by the few details the Gospels provide after the Resurrection. We’re told that […]
  • How to Beat the Fear of Failure
    By Vinita Hampton Wright Choose to do what you consider important to do. Do that important thing, and keep doing it. Don’t give up on what is important. Look at the gifts you have been given—name them. Accept those gifts and practice gratitude for them. Learn to cherish the life you are given. Believe what […]
  • Appreciating Emmaus
    By dotMagis Editor There’s much to appreciate in the story of the disciples on the way to Emmaus, says Michael Sparough, SJ. For one: It’s in looking back on the experience that they realize just how impactful it’s been. I think it’s that insight that encouraged St. Ignatius Loyola to teach his followers the importance […]