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Nature

Clouds

March 24, 2017

“In the clouds. Flying home, looking out the window, and thinking what beautiful creation.” Submitted by Mwiza Ny.

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Animals

Cat

March 23, 2017

“My usually grumpy cat was cuddling today. God knew I needed a hug.” Submitted by Marilyn Blazek Welker.

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Places

Snow at Retreat House

March 22, 2017

“Snow, earth, sea, and sky. I took it at Eastern Point Retreat House in Gloucester, MA. It is a beautiful place. I just returned from retreat there.” Submitted by Patricia Krasnausky.

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Religious

Retreat Center

March 21, 2017

“During my birthday weekend retreat. God be praised!” Submitted by Ria Bianca Valeroso.

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Objects

St. Joseph Altar

March 20, 2017

“I see God in this beautiful St. Joseph altar. I am reminded of St. Joseph as the model of authentic fatherhood, beloved custodian of Jesus, and Mary’s most chaste spouse.” Submitted by Tya-Mae Julien.

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    By Michelle Francl-Donnay It’s traditional to undertake the Examen in the middle of the day and just before bed, but for the last few weeks, I’ve found myself starting the day with a version of this reflective prayer. It starts as I watch yet another car blow through the stop sign at the edge of […]
  • I’m Having a Hard Time Sitting in the Desert This Lent
    By Rebecca Ruiz I’ve been trying to sit with Christ in the desert as St. Ignatius suggests. I can’t manage to stay with him for long. I’m uncomfortable. I’m hot. I’m thirsty. And, worst of all, I really just can’t stand to see him suffering. I want out. I’m ready to skip right ahead to […]
  • Mary Showed Me Jesus’ Humanity
    By Becky Eldredge This post is based on Week Four of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. I prayed most of the Spiritual Exercises with a baby in my arms. I began making them when our daughter, Abby, was one month old. When I began the Second Week of the Exercises, she was almost six months old […]
  • Dare to Look Inside Yourself
    By dotMagis Editor Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ, suggests the Examen as a tool to help us in daring to look inside ourselves. In explaining the steps of this foundational Ignatian prayer, Fr. Sparough tells us to pray from one or two dominant emotions: Those are the feelings that you especially want to pay attention to—those […]
  • The Consequences of Seeing
    By Loretta Pehanich This story is inspired by John 9:1–41, the healing of the man born blind, and Mark 10:46–52, the healing of Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus and I talked about it. His healing was immediate. Not mine. I must have looked like a fool stumbling down the road, mud on my eyes. “What was the first […]
  • Consolation and Desolation
    By Vinita Hampton Wright During Lent, we reflect upon our spiritual state and on our interior movement. Are we moving toward more doubt, fear, and anger? Or are we moving toward greater faith, hope, and love? The Ignatian principles of consolation and desolation can help us. A person dwells in a state of consolation when […]
  • Lenten Spring Cleaning
    By Cara Callbeck Most years, as I make my way to the Ash Wednesday service, it’s bitterly cold outside, and the hope of spring seems distant. With Easter a bit later this year, I was surprised to look out my window on Ash Wednesday to see the signs of spring quietly beginning its slow advance […]
  • Not in Control
    By Becky Eldredge This post is based on Week Three of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. Recently I used one of the versions of the Examen found in Fr. Mark Thibodeaux’s book Reimagining the Ignatian Examen for my daily prayer. This particular Examen (Saving F.A.C.E.) invited me to take a close look at four things: My […]
  • The Long Ride
    By Tim Muldoon I do some of my best thinking and praying while running or biking. This morning I considered how biking hills is not a bad analogy to the discernment of consolation and desolation in the spiritual life. Here’s the idea. Coming to the beginning of a long upward climb can be a daunting […]
  • 8 Pope Francis Quotes to Celebrate His Anniversary
    By dotMagis Editor Today, March 13, we celebrate Pope Francis’s fourth anniversary. To honor the occasion, enjoy some of his inspiring and challenging words. “When we receive and welcome him into our heart, the Holy Spirit immediately begins to make us sensitive to his voice and to guide our thoughts, our feelings, and our intentions […]