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Something to think about | The Ignatian ideal is that now we can recall and relive an experience of “union and familiarity” with God that uplifts and sustains us no matter the distractions of our work or banality of our lives, Here is the basis for finding God not only in all things but in the […]

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“‘In the poorest of the poor we see Jesus in distressed disguise.’ So said Mother Teresa as she and her nuns ministered to the abandoned babies and dying aged whom they gathered in from the streets of Calcutta. Disguise is central to God’s way of dealing with us human beings. Not because God is playing games with […]

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“What a mess we have made of God’s greatest gift to us! We scurry for weeks, baking, shopping, working extra hours, rehearsing and presenting Christmas pageants. By Christmas Eve, most of us find ourselves very far from our true reasons for celebrating, reasons that are so eloquently expressed in the processional of the Christmas Vigil […]

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Something to think about | Those who have abandoned themselves to God always lead mysterious lives and receive from him exceptional and miraculous gifts by means of the most ordinary, natural and chance experiences in which there appears to be nothing unusual. The simplest sermon, the most banal conversations, the least erudite books become a source […]

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Something to think about | From his own experience Ignatius learned the essential importance of spiritual freedom. One can claim grace as genuinely and uniquely his or hers only if the conditions for a free encounter be sustained. Perhaps an even more crucial reason lies within the Ignatian understanding of discernment and its relationship to Christ. […]

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Something to think about | We can trust our experience because God deals with us directly.  Ignatius certainly believed that the Church and Scripture are trustworthy teachers of truth, and that we need that truth to help us interpret our experience.  He also believed that Christians receive spiritual nourishment in the sacraments and in devotional […]

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Something to think about | Authenticity is the first test of my values and purpose. If I say I’m here on earth to repair the world or to be holy, do I really, really mean it? Do these ideas make me live and work differently, or do they ultimately hold no more significance than an empty […]

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Something to think about ¦ The Ignatian Exercises rest on the theological assumption that God creates this universe precisely in order to invite other persons into the relational life of the Trinity. God’s purpose or intention of inviting each person into the relational life of the Trinity is not episodic, occurring periodically in each person’s […]

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Something to think about ¦ Knowing that we can  trust our experience is the first and perhaps the most fundamental lesson about discernment.  Books and ideas and the counsel of the wise are all well and good, but the main arena for discernment is what we ourselves experience.  We can discern the right direction by […]

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Something to think about ¦ Sometimes we’re driven by the I-want-it-so-badly virus: I so wanted to get to the top of the company, or to attract that attractive person, or to be rich, or to be recognized as important, or to have the best house, or to have a more exciting life. In fact, we […]

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