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Ignatian Year

I’M ALL IN: A Poem

By Gretchen Crowder This original poem is part of the Pilgrim Stories initiative and a project of the Ignatian Year.  Tell me, Lord, in clear words I can not miss: What is my magis? What is that one thing that will use it all, each and every gift? I feel deep inside that this thing, it exists. …

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Celebrating Cannonball Day

For Jesuits, May 20 is not just another date on the calendar, but rather a pivotal moment in our founder’s history: It marks the anniversary of the spiritual conversion of St. Ignatius. St. Ignatius was struck by a cannonball May 20, 1521, during the Battle of Pamplona, leaving him with a lifelong limp. While recovering …

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The Provincial and the Pilgrim

by John Dougherty This original piece of fiction, a reflection on the story of St. Ignatius of Loyola, is part of the Pilgrim Stories initiative and a project of the Ignatian Year.  “He wants to stay.” Friar Pietro winced. This news wasn’t unexpected, but it was certainly unwelcome. He had only just returned to Jerusalem from Bethlehem, traveling …

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The Pilgrim’s Book

by Ryan Carroll This original piece of fiction, a reflection on the story of St. Ignatius of Loyola, is part of the Pilgrim Stories initiative and a project of the Ignatian Year.  Even before it met the broken soldier, Vita Jesu Christi e quatuor evangelis et scriptoribus orthodoxis concinnata per Ludolphum de Saxonia had already …

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On the Feast of St. Ignatius, a Prayer for the Ignatian Year

Spirit & Verse is a monthly column of original poem-prayers composed by Cameron Bellm, a Seattle-based writer and mother of two whose “Prayer for a Pandemic” went viral, bringing solace and comfort to many struggling during COVID-19.

A Prayer for the Ignatian Year

A prayer to celebrate the Ignatian Year from the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States God of all people, You were there when the cannonball shattered the leg of St. Ignatius, shattered his dreams, and shattered what he assumed his life would be. Even in a moment of pain and uncertainty, doubt and …

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