What acts of courage, kindness, generosity, and love move you to awe and hope? What is being Resurrected in your life, your work, or your community? Read more →
February 22, 2023 –
April 9, 2023
Chaotic. A word some might choose to describe the state of our world today. As we look at the global landscape, it isn’t difficult to see why—war and violence, illness and grief, economic uncertainty and fear, injustice and polarization rule the headlines and impact each of our lives in some way.
But on Ash Wednesday, a reminder: even now, says our God, return to me with all your heart.
The spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola asks us to find God in all things—seeing all people, things, and circumstances as gifts that can bring us closer to God.
So, yes, even now, even in the chaos, we are called to find God.
Throughout the Lenten season, writers from the Ignatian network will help us do just this—find God in the chaos. Join us each day as we dive into the story of hope, of justice, of God’s presence in a chaotic, broken world.
Podcast generously sponsored by Hallow.
Lent: Finding God in the Chaos Sponsors:
What flickers of candlelight do you cling to? Read more →
While condemnation of injustices is a start, it is not the final word. How can you move beyond mere condemnation to work toward true and full reconciliation? Read more →
How are you being led to do the prophetic work of creating a community of equals by both challenging authority and, most importantly, allowing yourself to BE challenged in your own authority? Read more →
How can you commit yourself to centering people in an authentic way, even in the midst of chaos—in new, stressful, or unexpected situations? Read more →
What will it take to help our school, Church, and community leaders to participate in this movement with faith and not fear? Read more →
How are you being called to unassuming, quiet service as you enter this most holy of weeks to make God present amid the chaos of our world? Read more →
Where do you see parades of loving-kindness and parades of war in our world today? How can you change the lens through which you see to one of cherishing and love? Read more →
What peaceful practices have you developed to avoid despair and chaos? As you journey with Jesus, what is God inviting you to consider today? Read more →
How do your days start—with indifference, determination, hope, despair, something else? What can you do to start your day intentionally? Read more →
What does your name—given or chosen—say about who you are and your relationships to yourself, God, and others? Have you ever witnessed or been a part of an act of naming? How was the name discerned? Read more →
Who are the people who stand in the fire with you? Who are the people you can rely on to work for justice with? Read more →
Where have you encountered Christ-like individuals and groups that give you hope? How can you be the hands and feet of Jesus in the world? Read more →
What casts a shadow over your life? How do you stay oriented toward the Light? God can work with anything; how has God acted during your own time walking through the dark valley? Read more →
What is making you weep right now? What is calling you to make God present in the world in all God’s abundant graciousness? Read more →
What kinds of “How can this be?” questions do you boldly ask God, both about your own life and about the realities we see around us? What prophetic action are you preparing for? Read more →
What graces do you pray for to stay mindful in your work? When you feel things are becoming difficult, what is your reminder to return to God with all your heart? Read more →
When has God gone to bat for you? When have you gone to bat for others? Read more →
Check in with yourself. How are you feeling about your life, your community, or the world? How are you feeling about God right now? Read more →
How do I respond when others block my journey toward healing? How do I help or hinder others on their path toward healing waters? Read more →
Can you hear a voice that is calling you or guiding you somewhere or to something? Do you trust what you hear? Read more →
This Lent, how are you using your God-given gifts to expose darkness and injustice? Where do you find nourishment for your courage and imagination? Read more →
When was the last time you acted in a way that was truly humble? What was that experience like for you? Read more →
Whose humanity am I failing to affirm? What do I believe I stand to lose, by advocating for their gain? Read more →
Where do you hide? Why do you hide? How is Jesus calling you to liberating love? Read more →
In what simple ways do you witness the Body of Christ being built in your own community? How are you called to contribute to or deepen this work in your own life? Read more →
This Lenten season, what if we trust that our troubling questions and longing for MORE are exactly what we need? Read more →
Do you find solace in the idea of truth-telling, or do you feel a desire to hide or retreat? How can you ask God for the strength to keep speaking? Read more →
How are you being called to take action to make the U.S. a more welcoming country, to not forget those in our world who are struggling? Read more →
How is God calling you to “return” in your own life? How are you building communities that welcome those who are marginalized? Read more →
What spaces and communities allow you to feel “fully Catholic,” to understand your worth and power as a person of faith, whatever your faith tradition may be? Read more →
When feeling overwhelmed lately, where do you find yourself turning? What things in your life help you stay turned towards God? Read more →
How are you being led to turn your pain and despair into hope? Where are you being called to serve in the midst of pain in your own community? Read more →
What am I focused on this Lent? Are my practices, not just my words, manifesting ecological conversion and creative simplicity? Read more →
What if you joined a friend or loved one for their daily walks one day? Gathered a small group for dinner once a month to lovingly listen to them or be listened to? Would the gift of their full presence be more grace-filled than their hurried and distracted presence? What gifts might you receive? Read more →
Where is the next big tent experience on your horizon? What do you need from God to keep walking toward it? Read more →
Throughout this Lenten season, how can you journey toward non-violence and God’s love by looking within yourself to bravely confront the enemy inside? Read more →
How are you called to advocate for policies and laws that are just and humane—that address injustices that create “chaos for the poor and vulnerable?” Read more →
Esther’s story reminds me of May 25, 2020, when I cried for God’s help after George Floyd’s murder. . . Before linking up with allies to slay the lions of privilege and the enemy of systemic racism, I needed to do my inner work and self-reflection. Read more →
Are we busy searching far and wide for signs from God when His light may be right in front of us each day? Read more →
How can your prayer life provide clarity on the parts of you “that are disparate, broken, and in need of mending—the parts that live in chaos?” Read more →
How can you “open the door to the spare room” and shed light on the least of these “inside the house” and bring them to the forefront? Read more →
Can you remember a time when you have experienced the “no matter whatness” of our merciful God? Read more →
Where, like the author, are you challenged to find your “midst,” to encounter the real people who suffer from oppression, or who “make up the very systems that oppress others?” Read more →
How is God inviting me to engage in this Lenten season differently than in past Lenten seasons? How can I live this Lenten season differently? Read more →
Is my commitment to justice personally costing me something? If not, should it be? Read more →
During this Lenten season, how can you be more attentive to God’s presence in the chaos, to be present to and attend to the needs of those on the margins, and to the work of justice? Read more →
Maka Black Elk
Red Cloud Indian School Truth & Healing
Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J.
Shannon K. Evans
Editor, National Catholic Reporter
Cecilia González-Andrieu, Ph.D.
Loyola Marymount University
Fr. James Martin, S.J.
Bee at Peace
Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy
Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Death Penalty
Maureen O’Connell, Ph.D.
La Salle University
Sr. Norma Pimentel
Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley
Deborale Richardson-Phillips, Ph.D.
St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA
Nathan Sessoms, Ph.D.
Success Beyond Measure &
Podcast co-host, Just Conversations with Jamal & Nate
Kino Border Initiative
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