Rev. Dennis McNally, SJ, is a Jesuit artist who has directed more than a hundred individuals through the Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life (19th Annotation). His paintings have become a way of praying, and he offers them for your consideration. If they help any of us with using our imagination for entrance into contemplation, he is satisfied that he is doing his part for the Society's commitment to the arts that has developed over the centuries, offering the gift to others. On his blog or by email, he welcomes interaction. Fr. McNally has sold signed prints, as well as the originals.
Below are several of Fr. McNally's paintings for your consideration, along with his brief reflection on each.
I really wanted to capture my own first evening at the Sea of Galilee. This father and son are, in my mind, enjoying a wondrous moment together after trying the waters of the Galilee at sunset. Joseph and Jesus are blue in the shadow of the trees; they share a universal humanity. This father of the Lord is a humble person of no consequence; we are all like him, given the life of the Lord to protect, instruct, and cherish. Joseph is easy to identify with when contemplating the life of the young Lord in time and space. He is such a clear model. His own insecurities pale when facing the needs of his son...We can take courage from his example and talk like he might with the Boy.
This is a painting done as many of my recent ones are, from a dream. I often find images in dreams, no story, no narrative, but I realize it's an image for painting. This one started after a dream on the 12th of May 2-17. There were two dark areas, one in the upper right and one in the lower left. I couldn't imagine what the painting could be about until I realized the lovely blue was so peaceful. Unable to make sense of where to go with what I had in a few hours of painting, I went for a swim to cool my energized but confused mind-----and realized it was the 100th anniversary of the appearances at Fatima. I completed the whole painting in one day, a very rare experience for me. We all have miniscule messages in which we can see that God means what God says. In this one, the Virgin appearing to the children is so small yet in so wide a world of grace. She asks us always to seek peace.
July 9, 2018 - In his July prayer video, Pope Francis spoke on the importance of praying for priests and their ministry. “Let us pray together that priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.”
July 3, 2018 - IgnatianSpirituality.com, a service of Loyola Press, is offering 31 Days with St. Ignatius a month-long celebration of Ignatian spirituality. In honor of the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola on July 31, bookmark the site or sign up for emails containing daily articles, blog posts, and videos to help you explore the riches of Ignatian spirituality.
The Ignatian Volunteer Corps, a national non-profit organization serving the needs of the poor through the volunteer work of experienced women and men aged 50 or better, seeks a full-time regional director for Northern Virginia to plan, develop and manage the regional program and office.
On April 21, the Office of Ignatian Spirituality and the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College are offered a workshop for spiritual directors. Melissa Kelly, PhD, presented the workshop entitled "Beyond the Myths of Grief: Wisdom for Spiritual Accompaniment." More than 300 people participated in-person at Boston College or live online. The video recording and supporting materials are now available online.
Contemplative Leaders in Action is now accepting applications for new cohorts forming in Boston, Charlotte, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, St. Louis, and Washington, DC. The application deadline is May 14. Apply today!
May 3, 2018 – This past weekend, the Office of Ignatian Spirituality’s Hispanic Ministry hosted an Ignatian silent retreat at Loyola on the Potomac retreat house in Faulkner, Maryland. Retreatants traveled from Raleigh, Richmond, and Washington, DC, to participate in the weekend retreat offered in Spanish. In total, 26 people participated.
The Office of Ignatian Spirituality's Hispanic Ministry led a day-long, Lenten retreat for a charismatic Catholic community in Winston Salem, North Carolina. The retreat, conducted in Spanish, was held on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Our Lady of Mercy Parish.