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    Historian John W. Padberg, a Jesuit for 77 years, died on Christmas Day 2021. May he rest in peace. Fr. Padberg was celebrated in his lifetime with a collection of essays by Jesuits he inspired, including William A. Barry, SJ;...
    This story is inspired by Matthew 2:13–15. Perhaps Joseph awakes to the sound of Mary humming a lullaby. Mary holds her baby close, rocking as she sits. The corners of Jesus’ mouth turn up in a smile reflex. “Mary, my darling,”...
    This past Christmas, we did a lot of baking, both at home and at my mother’s house when we went to visit her and her husband. We also as a family managed to break a lot of glass. No,...
    I was griping to a friend about a person who just didn't seem to like me. This guy avoided me when we were in the same place. He dismissed my ideas with a smirk and a sneer. When I...
    I used to get so frustrated at all the small, routine bits of work I must do just to maintain existence—cleaning, cooking, sorting/filing, and so on. But one day it occurred to me that maintenance must be pretty important,...
    One afternoon right before the end of the fall semester, a smiling child came rushing down the school hallway shouting, “Mom, I just have to tell you something!” The sight of him at that moment made me chuckle and sigh...
    Eric Clayton, deputy director of communications for the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, was standing in a rushing river in Bolivia when a cannonball moment struck his ego. He realized, “I’m not called to stop the flow...
    I can’t remember exactly when we met her. We had arrived in the snowy tundra in January of my fifth-grade year. I know it was after the permafrost had thawed, and it was after “mud season,” because she was...
    When I was a child, my brother and I spent long summers with my grandparents on their retirement farm outside of Cornwall, Ontario. My grandparents were both immigrants from Latvia and often offered perspective or advice from their old...
    “Boys, stop throwing that ball in this room! I have one room of nice things. One. Go play somewhere else!” I screamed as I caught a ball just as it came dangerously close to shattering a glass owl vase....

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