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Child Playing

January 20, 2017

“I found God through the eyes of a little child joyfully discovering.” Submitted by Fran Knoll.

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Religious

Retreat Chapel

January 19, 2017

“What makes you happy? Moments like this! Moments where I can spend time with God in prayer. Spending time with Him is fun and comforting. It gives me so much joy! It pleases Him and […]

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Animals

Pelican

January 18, 2017

“Watching the pelicans while getting some relaxing time by the water. God is so good, all the time!” Submitted by Kathy Rosemary Carr.

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Nature

Light

January 17, 2017

“I was walking my dog, Pixie, in a quiet neighborhood today. The sun was bright. I saw God in the laws of physics that govern our world. There was the refraction of light caused by […]

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Animals

Snail

January 16, 2017

“I picture God as I watch the garden snail coming out of its shell and moving slowly at its own pace after the morning shower. It reminds me that God is slow at work, and […]

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  • Jesuit Retreats
    By dotMagis Editor The Midwest Jesuits recently featured a story “On Retreat with the Jesuits,” interesting in particular for readers who may not have previously experienced an Ignatian retreat. Silent prayer is part of many Jesuit retreats, but retreatants also typically meet one-on-one with a spiritual director. “Retreats are very much between a person and […]
  • The Spiritual Meaning of Balance
    By Vinita Hampton Wright When most people refer to balance, they envision a successful juggling act. A balanced life is one in which, simultaneously, I keep all my projects going and all my relationships healthy. I achieve this balance by sheer strategy and willpower. In Christian spirituality, balance has more to do with temperance, which […]
  • Making Room for God Invitation
    By Becky Eldredge Dear dotMagis Readers, I don’t know about you, but for the last few weeks I’ve been readying my calendar for 2017, making goals and resolutions, and beginning anew. Maybe you’re in a similar mode right now—preparing, looking ahead, planning, and refining. A new year provides us with a fresh start and a […]
  • Discernment as Common Vision
    By Tim Muldoon As I deepen my love for my friend, I come to know what she likes and dislikes. I come to see the world through her eyes, and thereby experience it anew. What once was trite and meaningless to me now becomes an object of wonder, when I look at it with her. This deepening friendship […]
  • Hold Firm
    By Cara Callbeck It’s now pretty much the dead of winter. The thrill of Christmas is past us and we wake each morning—some of us in harsh, cold temperatures—to get to work day in and day out. It’s a quiet time of year, and things seem less exciting. Boredom and apathy begin to wage a […]
  • Andrew Garfield on the Spiritual Exercises
    By dotMagis Editor Martin Scorsese’s film Silence has its widespread release today. America magazine has an excellent interview with star Andrew Garfield on his experience doing the Spiritual Exercises as preparation for his role as a Jesuit priest. Interviewer Brendan Busse, SJ, says: When I asked what stood out in the Exercises, he fixed his […]
  • Holy Incident Was No Accident
    By Loretta Pehanich It was the kind of day when everything was going wrong. I could recite a litany of all the mishaps and disasters. I knew I needed a lifeline by 10 a.m., so I phoned a friend, my sister, who is a Daughter of Charity and a powerful pray-er. I had just shared […]
  • Alone or Lonely?
    By Vinita Hampton Wright Some people just like to be alone, and I’m one of them. Give me a book, a movie, or a comfortable seat under a shade tree, and I’m happy. I don’t need the constant stimulation of other people. Some people function best when they’re around others. They feel more energized when […]
  • Writing Letters
    By Michelle Francl-Donnay Yesterday I sent off 15 letters, one to each of the students in my just-completed course on contemplative traditions in the West. I wrote to give them comments on their final projects and on their overall academic performance, but I closed each note with a few lines appreciating the particular gifts the […]
  • One Reason Only: To Love God
    By dotMagis Editor Often, we talk so much about our lives and the lives of our neighbors—what we should do to fill our lives with God’s grace and peace and happiness, what we must do to make our neighbor’s life happy—that we forget the basic reason why you and I and all men live. We […]