"In this unlikely tale of a 16th-century soldier-turned-saint and 21st-century woman, we see what happens when one person opens herself to a real-life, real-time experience of the communion of saints. The two are as different as pen-and-ink and laptops are as writing instruments, but their conversations show us that life’s really important questions don’t change with the times and technology."
- Steve Givens, Faith, History and the Creative Life
A sixteenth-century saint. A twenty-first-century woman.
Two very different paths are about to cross . . .
What could we have in common with a man from the sixteenth century? How about a man from the sixteenth century who becomes a saint? St. Ignatius of Loyola wasn’t always heroic and holy; he was flawed and fallible, just like us. In Just Call Me López, a twenty-first-century woman, Rachel, meets Íñigo López—the man we know today as St. Ignatius—and both are transformed by their unlikely friendship and series of thought-provoking conversations.
Their worlds literally collide when Rachel is struck by a hit-and-run driver, and López is there to help her. They realize that this chance accident is actually an act of God that allows Rachel and López, through the medium of their friendship, to come to terms with their personal struggles.
Just Call Me López helps us realize that our very human faults and imperfect behavior do not prevent us from receiving God’s grace; rather, knowing our weaknesses and giving ourselves over to the Holy Spirit can reveal the God within us and the path before us.
Vinita Hampton Wright and Margaret Silf Discuss "Just Call Me Lopez"
Margaret Silf travels widely in her work as a retreat director and speaker on Ignatian spirituality. Her books include Close to the Heart: A Practical Approach to Personal Prayer (Loyola Press) and The Gift of Prayer: Embracing the Sacred in the Everyday (Bluebridge).
Close to the Heart: A Guide to Personal PrayerThis book is for anyone looking for a relationship with God in the Christian tradition without the constraints of formulas or strict disciplines.
Going on Retreat: A Beginner's Guide to the Christian Retreat ExperienceA valuable guide that provides information such as types of retreats available, costs and amenities, and where centers are located.
Inner Compass - 10th Anniversary Edition: An Invitation to Ignatian SpiritualityLoyola Press presents the tenth-anniversary edition of Margaret Silf’s Inner Compass, the acclaimed English-language primer on Ignatian spirituality.
Compass Points: Meeting God Every Day at Every TurnIgnatian spirituality expert Margaret Silf shows readers how to find God in daily life in this collection of stories and meditations.
The Other Side of Chaos: Breaking Through When Life Is Breaking DownIn The Other Side of Chaos, best-selling author Margaret Silf helps us look closely at the “messes” in our lives through the lens of Christian spirituality, enabling us to see the chaos of life not as something to fear or eschew, but as something to be embraced.
2012: A Book of Grace-Filled Days: In 2012: A Book of Grace-Filled Days by Margaret Silf, page-a-day reflections and Scripture readings that follow the lectionary readings of the church year foster spiritual calm and give glimpses of God’s abundant grace.
Simple Faith: Moving Beyond Religion as You Know It to Grow in Your Relationship with GodFor all who struggle with conventional religion, Simple Faith is a simple way to help draw closer to the Divine and find life-changing meaning in a new kind of faith.