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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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  • Three Simple Prayers for Your Day
    By Vinita Hampton Wright 1. Start with Openness. When you get out of bed in the morning, stand up straight and extend your arms out to your sides, palms open and facing upward. Say, out loud or silently, “God, I receive the gift of this day, and I open my heart to your desires for […]
  • Light and Contemplation
    By dotMagis Editor You might spend time outside on a sunny day, seeing the sunlight illuminating everything, feeling its warmth on your body, and imagining how God is creating and bathing you in love. Again, tell God what’s in your mind and heart. This kind of contemplation can lead us to want to love God […]
  • Jesus Approaches
    By Vinita Hampton Wright One of the great gifts of my life as an editor is the opportunity to meet and get to know the wise and compassionate people who write the books Loyola Press publishes. One of my “wise women”—also a good friend—is Elizabeth Kelly, author of one of our newest books, Jesus Approaches: […]
  • The Time Is Now
    By Tim Muldoon Somewhere nearby—perhaps a co-worker in the next cubicle; a friend across the room; a stranger in the chair next to you; a spouse beside you in bed; a child clawing at your leg for attention—there, now, is an opportunity for love. Before you is God’s invitation to know him. Do not delay; […]
  • Staying Curious
    By Marina McCoy In his ministry, Jesus often asks others what they want. For example, he asks the blind Bartimaeus, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51) On another occasion, James and John approach Jesus, and he asks them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:36) […]
  • An Authentic Life
    By dotMagis Editor The direction of an authentic life is always one that serves others. It may be a life of contemplative prayer in a cloister, in a service profession, parenting, or entrepreneurship that lifts people out of poverty. It may be solitary or familial. It may be some kind of engagement in politics or […]
  • Fasting from Things: A Limit of 20
    By Jane Knuth An extraordinarily beautiful donation came into the St. Vincent de Paul thrift shop once. A woman gave us a box of over 100 silk scarves, all colors and sizes, for all seasons of the year. Each one unique and in perfect condition, they were laundered, pressed, and folded. We volunteers spent an […]
  • Hours of Light and Dark
    By Vinita Hampton Wright I don’t know how old I will be when I have finally learned to live in synch with times of day and night. Thanks to electricity, many of us humans no longer sleep at night and move around in the daytime. I wonder how many health problems are related to that. […]
  • Surrendering Our Swords
    By Rebecca Ruiz As we wound our way up the Catalan mountain in our zippy, little car, I imagined St. Ignatius traversing Spain on his own pilgrimage to Montserrat. I found it hard to imagine how he would have made it over the rugged terrain on horseback. He was, at that point, travelling alone without […]
  • Joseph of Arimathea and Burying the Dead
    By Loretta Pehanich In honor of the feast of St. Joseph of Arimathea on August 31, we share this reflection based on Luke 23:50–53. Joseph didn’t witness the death of Jesus. He sent me to watch and to notify him when Jesus was pronounced dead. As I headed to Golgotha, Joseph went boldly to Pilate […]