Awareness

A Song and A Smell

Songs and smells are two of the most powerful recallers of memories. Praying with them lets God into the intimate details of your life. Perhaps those magic “sensual” moments are a way of God revealing something special to you.

A Childlike Pause

The other day at a pond by my house I saw a boy who stopped suddenly to look at the sailboats. Nothing special about them, except the boy was experiencing a moment of God’s presence in beauty.

Reading Your Heart

In an episode of How I Met Your Mother, Barney looked over the last 24 hours of experiences to see what his heart told him on his cardiogram. It’s a practice we can use in the spiritual life, sans the cardiogram.

Jesus, you’re weak

“Jesus, you’re weak.” Could you imagine if someone said that to our Lord and Saviour? If someone, even you, walked up to him in person and said those words? But the reality of it is… It’s true.

The God of the Land

Have you noticed how many kinds and colours of fruits and vegetables there are? Our God is a god of the land. The natural world, the farms, the plants, are “thin” spaces where we can find God.

Ignatian Spirituality for Kids

July 31 is the feast of Saint Ignatius! Children already speak the language of Ignatian spirituality because they have the capability to imagine, feel, and reflect. Here are three ways to integrate Ignatian spirituality into the lives of kids.

Guilt

What good can we find in Catholic guilt—or even guilt in general? Healthy guilt can lead to positive change for the world. Consider the stories we learn of in just one 24-hour news day. If we can imaginatively enter a gospel scene in the Ignatian tradition of prayer where we interact with Jesus and all the characters, can’t we do the same with news stories? And if you feel guilt, ask God what it might be saying to you.