From Fulfilling Obligations to Living Heroically

August 3, 2015 Joe Paprocki 0

Fear can be a great motivator. When I was growing up, religion classes at St. Casimir School regularly included filmstrips (the great cutting-edge technology of the 1960s) from the St. John’s University Sound Filmstrip Catechism that always seemed to include a depiction of God speaking in an angry voice and/or people burning in hell. For most of us growing up at that time, the primary reason for going to church was to avoid the fires […]

St. Ignatius Asks: How Are You Doing Right Now?

July 14, 2015 Special Contributor 0

St. Ignatius of Loyola loved to ask: “How are you doing right now?” When I first heard that St. Ignatius asked this, especially when meeting someone for the first time, I felt this huge “how nice” wave rising within the core of my being. As people of the 21st century, often we become so engulfed in our busy schedules. We are intent on trying to figure out which beep or ring to answer first, and […]

31 Days with St. Ignatius

July 10, 2015 Joe Paprocki 0

Every July, in anticipation of the Feast Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola (July 31), we here at Loyola Press invite you to spend the entire month walking with Ignatius, our founder. Click on the image below to join the journey!

Conversing with Mary, Colloquy-Style

May 7, 2015 Eric Gurash 1

There is a wonderful gem hidden within the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius that has been a grace-filled gift to my prayer life. Early in the Exercises, Ignatius recommends a creative type of prayer known as the colloquy. A colloquy, as Ignatius describes, is a conversation that, “is made, properly speaking, as one friend speaks to another” (SE 54). At times this involves a series of three conversations beginning with Mary, continuing with Jesus, and […]

Holy Thursday’s Hidden Graces

February 5, 2015 Eric Gurash 1

On Holy Thursday Jesus explains to his disciples that he will be leaving them: Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and as I told the Jews, “Where I am going, you cannot come,” so now I say it to you. (John 13:33) These are hard words to hear. Why would Jesus ever remove himself from our lives? And yet, we know from our own experiences that […]

According to Your Word

December 31, 2014 Paul Gallagher 7

In the life of a parish, there are going to be good days and bad days. The good days include sacramental events such as First Communions and Confirmations. Bad days might force us to deal with troubled children, angry parents, or upset pastors. If we want to celebrate the good things and rise above the negative, the Virgin Mary might be an example for us to pattern ourselves after. Throughout her life, Mary no doubt […]

Where Have You Been, Lord? Praying the Examen with Your Families

December 10, 2014 Eric Gurash 1

I always found our opening prayers for Confirmation and First Eucharist meetings to be challenging. Normally these involved something written down, something we would all read together, or maybe a pertinent piece of Scripture, or maybe both. It often felt dry and mechanical. What I wanted to do was engage our families, invite them to get to know the Jesus I knew—a Jesus who was active, interesting, and intensely interested in their lives. The question […]

Ignatius Loyola’s Management Style Might Work for You

December 4, 2014 Special Contributor 0

The “director” part of a DRE’s job description is a taxing challenge. “Director” means “manager,” and managing people and programs is never easy. It means achieving lofty goals with limited resources. It means dealing with people who often don’t behave the way you want them to behave. It means compromise, tough decisions, and juggling conflicting interests. Managing means meetings. Lots of meetings. To complicate matters, most DREs are teachers at heart who love students much more than budgets and […]

Creating a “Caring Corner”

September 26, 2014 Joe Paprocki 0

A very important aspect of Ignatian spirituality is being a “person for others.” With that in mind, we periodically organize drives here at Loyola Press to collect items (and money) that will serve the needs of others. Most recently, we had a school supply drive to assist the students at an inner-city Catholic school in Chicago. In addition, we also recently collected books for the Jesuit Prison Ministry – 9 boxes weighing over 300 pounds […]

July and the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola

June 30, 2014 Joe Paprocki 0

July 31 is the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola and Loyola Press is celebrating this entire month with a number of special events online! Beginning July 1, we will start our annual 31 Days with St. Ignatius—a month-long celebration of Ignatian spirituality. We are offering a selection of articles, blog posts, and videos to that explore the riches of Ignatian spirituality. Get daily reminders starting July 1, 2014, by subscribing to the dotMagis blog. […]

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