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    Be Opened

    This story is inspired by Mark 7:31–37. The first words I ever heard were, “Be opened.” On the surface, those words seemed obvious. However, they unleashed...
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    Why Do We Pray?

    If the answer to our prayers will sometimes be "no," why do we pray in the first place? I have no doubt that our...
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    Standing Next to Mary

    I find myself wondering often about the ordinary moments in the Holy Family’s life, particularly the day-to-day moments of Mary’s life with Jesus. Perhaps...
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    A Completely New Life

    This story is inspired by Luke 13:10–17. Eighteen years! For 18 years, I lived crippled by a spinal problem. It began when I was a little...
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    Friendship and Harmony with God

    God, who is Love itself, creates a universe that is good from its beginning (because God is good). Over time, human beings in the...
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    An Experiment in Praydreaming

    Last week, I introduced the concept of praydreaming: allowing yourself to daydream prayerfully. Today, I’m suggesting an exercise in praydreaming. Use it as is...
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    Doing Dishes with Our Father

    The Scripture verses included in the following imaginative contemplation are not exact translations but rather an invitation to readers to look up the texts...
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    Imagination and Praydreaming

    May we all grow in our creativity as we move from summer to autumn. May we exercise our imaginations in new ways. Here’s one...
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    Accompaniment is intimately linked to Ignatian spirituality and pedagogy. It always includes an element of personalized care and attention for the individual, whether via...
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    Knocking and Persistence

    One Saturday morning, while our sons were playing peacefully inside, my husband and I went out into the front yard to discuss what work...