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Refreshing the Examen

…If you pray the Examen regularly, you might try this variation by Paul Wilkes, a noted Catholic author:

What did I do that made me happiest?

Where did I feel ashamed of myself?

What action would I do over again and how?

What habits or tendencies worked for or against me?

When did I feel most in alignment with what is best in me?

via Refreshing the Examen.

July and St. Ignatius

Today is the first day of July, the month of St. Ignatius, when we will celebrate all things Ignatian here at dotMagis and throughout Loyola Press. We’ve set up a web page with links to material for every day of the month. We will also have guest bloggers throughout the month. Get started today by visiting the 31 Days with Saint Ignatius page and clicking on the Day 1 link. Go back there every day for something new.

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Discernment Resources | God In All Things

Making decisions is hard.

Ignatian discernment comes in handy when making major life decisions, like when to leave a job, where to move, which person to date, or whether to pursue marriage. Here are a list of resources for decision-making the Ignatian way!

The first section is worth browsing through for the purpose of initial reflection, an Ignatian must. Narrative and questioning is helpful as a first start.

The second section is more practical information on Ignatian discernment.

If you have any questions email For separate resources on prayer in general, see here.

via Discernment Resources | God In All Things.

Costly weddings could be crippling for new marriages :: Catholic News Agency CNA

Denver, Colo., Jun 15, 2013 / 04:04 pm CNA/EWTN News.- Noting the sharply increasing costs of weddings, marriage advocates have begun to urge couples to be less extravagant in their nuptial celebrations for the good of their relationships.“We ran a survey early this year with a law firm that looked at reasons…

via Costly weddings could be crippling for new marriages :: Catholic News Agency CNA.

Pontificium Consilium pro Familia – The First Announcement is in the Family

Responding to the first question, which asked how he was able to achieve the certainty of faith in his life, Pope Francis had this beautiful passage about the family.

«I had the good fortune of growing up in a family where faith was lived in a simple and concrete manner; but it was especially my grandmother—my fathers mother—who marked my journey in faith. She was a woman who explained things to us, who spoke to us about Jesus, who taught us the Catechism. I always remember how on…

via Pontificium Consilium pro Familia – The First Announcement is in the Family.

The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit | Flocknote

What are the fruits of the Holy Spirit?

The fruits of the Holy Spirit are charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity cf. Gal 5:22–23.

In the “fruits of the Holy Spirit” the world can see what becomes of people who let themselves be adopted, led, and completely formed by God. The fruits of the Holy Spirit show that God really plays a role in the life of Christians.

via Day 233 – The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit | Flocknote.