Inspiration From St. Ignatius of Loyola

Portrait of St. Ignatius of LoyolaJuly 31st was the feast day of one of the masters of the spiritual life, St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. He calls us to take the time to reflect on our lives and our relationship with God. The current pandemic and restrictions during these turbulent and uncertain times gives us ample opportunity to do just that.

If you are a regular listener to my radio show, you know I love the saints. In fact I love them so much I wrote a book about them! St. Ignatius recommended that every Christian review their day, at least once, with a “Daily Examen.” The Examen is a crucial part of progressing in the spiritual life. I discussed the Examen and how to do its simple steps on my show. You can listen by clicking here.

 

Daily Examen In Five Steps

1. Become aware of God’s presence.

2. Review the day with gratitude.

3. Pay attention to your emotions.

4. Choose one feature of the day and pray about it.

5. Look toward tomorrow.

 

 

Lighting a candle in church

Prayer for Generosity

Saint Ignatius Loyola

Lord, teach me to be generous.

Teach me to serve you as you deserve;

To give and not to count the cost,

To fight and not to heed the wounds,

To toil and not to seek for rest,

To labor and not to ask for reward,

Save that of knowing that I do your will.

 

Pilgrimages to Uplift Your Spirit

One of the ways we can reflect on our lives is to take time away from our normal activities. If you are able to do this, I have arranged two separate pilgrimages here in the U.S. through our friends at Corporate Travel.

 

August 13-16, 2020

The Grand Hotel Getaway On Beautiful Mackinac Island, MI

Since 1887 the Grand Hotel beckons guests to a bygone era of old-world hospitality and charm. Experience the tradition of Afternoon Tea in the Parlor, dressing up for dinner, nightly dancing to the sounds of the Grand Hotel Orchestra, and sitting in a rocking chair on the world’s longest porch with views of the Straits of Mackinac, connecting Lakes Huron and Michigan. During this getaway meet Teresa Tomeo, watch the live broadcast of her radio show, Catholic Connection, participate in Mass, and relax with your loved ones at this beautiful resort, on an island where cars are not allowed, and the horse and carriage, and bicycle are favored modes of transportation. There’s activities and fun for the whole family! You can choose to stay one, two, or all three nights. Rooms are selling fast so book before they’re gone at this special rate! View the Brochure Here!

Learn More About The Grand Hotel’s Health & Safety Information: Click Here

To book directly visit the Grand Hotel website, Use code: 9754386

 

Altar of Our Lady of Good HelpOctober 9-11, 2020

Fall Pilgrimage to The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, WI and The Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, IN

 

Visit the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, the only approved Marian Apparition site in the United States, and the National Shrine of Saint Joseph at St. Norbert College. Also tour St. Norbert Abbey, pray Evening Prayer with the Norbertines, and tour the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Take in the fall foliage while visiting these beautiful holy sites! Teresa Tomeo & Deacon Dom Pastore will be your pilgrimage leaders, along with spiritual advisor Fr. Derik Peterman.

For More Information visit CTSCentral.net.

 

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