“He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.” – John 9:15
Centering Prayer: Spiritual Practice for an Easter People
Centering prayer is… a surrendering, self-emptying form of prayer, it helps carry the gifts of Easter beyond the season into ordinary time and the everyday circumstances of life.
Contemplating Ignatian Lament
As you consider the life of St. Ignatius, and weigh your own spiritual circumstances today, how does lament play a part in your practices? What crises of individual and collective nature call you to enter into Ignatian contemplation, or break into your own lamenting of present-day issues of injustice, death, destruction?
Jesus in Tube Socks: Ignatian Spiritual Practice and Healing Shame
A wide berth was granted to me in this prayerful reflection, bringing the healing of that memory to the experience of the healing of my shame in my present-day adulthood.
Cannonballs and Conversion: Embracing The Ignatian Year
Emerging from these long, home-bound months, Ignatius set out on a pilgrimage and committed time to document his prayer practice. Today, 500 years later, these imaginative prayers of Loyola are at the heart of Ignatian Spirituality.
Healing Our City: Spiritual Direction during a Time of Social Upheaval
How do I, we, companion others in this season? How do we hold space for the divine and the charged questions around the spiritual dilemma of white supremacy and the legacy of trauma in our bodies?
Trauma and Spiritual Practice
“O, send out your light and your truth; Let them guide me, Let them lead me to your holy altar.” Psalm 43: 3, Nan Merrill paraphrase Trauma When our 7 month old puppy, Hazel, jumped off of our back porch and went...
Burn Brighter: An Invitation to Group Spiritual Practice During this time of Upheaval
“let us turnto our Godandto the sacred lightof the Holy Spiritthat burnsineach of us.” – from Burn Brighter*, a Meditation by Ray Angle I sit, center myself, recognizing I am in God’s presence, take a deep breath, and there is Mr. George Floyd, trying to...
Encounter and Conversation: Dialogue in Ignatian Prayer
“How do you prepare for a meaningful conversation with a friend?” –Dan Johnson, Spiritual Director When my Loyola colleague Dan Johnson framed his “Simple Prayer” retreat with this essential question, a deep part of me was moved. How do I prepare for a meaningful...
Ignatian Contemplation this Advent
“Contemplating a [Biblical] scene is not simply remembering it or going back in time. Through the act of contemplation, the Holy Spirit makes present a mystery of [God’s Love] in a way that is meaningful for [us] now.” – Fr. Kevin O’Brien, SJ The Ignatian...
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