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Farewell Picturing God

June 16, 2017

Since 2010, Picturing God: Faces and Traces of the Divine has shared your photographs that answer the question, “Where did you find God today?” We thank you for your support over the years, but now […]

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Walking on the Beach

June 15, 2017

“A friend came down to visit my husband and me over the weekend, and we did a couple of walks, one in the countryside and one along the beach. Both days were beautifully sunny, and […]

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Afternoon Sky

June 14, 2017

“Half of the picture is the blue sky with white clouds, and half of it is the green leaves and brown branches. How wonderful it is to witness the tree and clouds, which are far […]

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California Wildflowers

June 13, 2017

“I found God walking among the California wildflowers, grateful I was able to see the poppies open in the warm sunshine.” Submitted by J.Lang.

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Montego Bay

June 12, 2017

“I listened to God here, where I found him sharing his love with the creation of a lagoon that takes your thoughts out to the horizon. This place in Montego Bay, Jamaica, where life is […]

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  • An Ignatian Pilgrimage Week #4: The Legacy of St. Ignatius
    By Vinita Hampton Wright One year after Pope Paul III approved the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits elected Ignatius Loyola to be Superior General of their Society, in 1541. Ignatius tried to reject this appointment, but after he was voted to the position three times, he accepted that this was God’s will for him and […]
  • Imaginative Prayer: Lunch with Christ
    By Shemaiah Gonzalez As a child I felt God’s presence strongly. I remember digging in my sandbox with Jesus or reading a picture book with him. It seemed every good thing was a delight God had left just for me to discover. I felt assured of God’s love as I felt his presence close. Now, […]
  • Finding Space for Play and Wonder
    By Marina McCoy In Plato’s dialogue Theaetetus, Socrates says, “All philosophy begins in wonder” (155d). I recently thought of this in the midst of a discussion of Jesus’ idea that one must be a child to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 18:3). Children love to ask “why” questions. Why are there clouds in […]
  • An Ignatian Pilgrimage Week #3: Preparation for a Life’s Vocation
    By Vinita Hampton Wright Ignatius Loyola went through a conversion experience while he was recuperating from battle wounds. However, the transformation was not over. In fact, the most critical months were ahead of him—months that would prepare him for the life to which God was calling him. After Ignatius laid down his sword before Our […]
  • How to Get Unstuck
    By Vinita Hampton Wright I believe that one of the biggest obstacles to a person living her values is the ease at which we get stuck on any given day. And it’s rarely the big events that hold us back but the smaller, relentless thoughts, attitudes, and fears that show up all the time. When […]
  • The Devil in a Piece of Pie
    By Loretta Pehanich Waiting for a friend at a local coffee shop, I used my smartphone to read a portion of the first letter of John. God took the initiative to sit with me in that moment. My heart was deeply at peace. I was aware of a presence beyond myself. I was warmed by […]
  • An Ignatian Pilgrimage Week #2: The Injury That Changed Everything
    By Vinita Hampton Wright Ignatius Loyola became a soldier, and in 1521 he found himself and his small group of fellow warriors defending the fortress of Pamplona against the French. They were seriously outnumbered, and a more prudent—and less zealous—leader might have negotiated a surrender, but Ignatius was not the type to do anything halfway. […]
  • Learning from Our Elders as Mentors
    By dotMagis Editor In her post, “Five Tips for Beating Loneliness from St. Ignatius,” Rebecca Ruiz quotes Mark Thibodeaux, SJ, on the need for “good mentors, good companions, and a strong link to the church.” A mentor may well be someone from an older generation. At the 2018 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, Loyola Press […]
  • The Grace of Autumn
    By Mary Ellen Smajo Autumn Leaves Summer’s end cathedral windows paint pale canvas, dapple our shadows with sight, for colors pieced and patched quilt earth to sky; precious colors once hidden within, made plain by grace, grace us. Fall’s Last Leaves Wild wind drives them, shakes loose last grips sending them hurtling heading who knows […]
  • An Ignatian Pilgrimage Week #1: The Place Where a Person Begins
    By Vinita Hampton Wright As you probably know, Loyola Press, the host of this blog, is a ministry of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits. And this society is the legacy of St. Ignatius Loyola, who formed it 500 years ago with a few companions who, with him, wanted to help souls […]