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    It can take awhile—sometimes many years—for a person to sort out all that she’s been taught, told, and in some cases manipulated to believe and value. Many people of faith must work through a period of rediscovering and redefining...
    During a recent holiday, I visited a man who received a new organ from a donor. Childhood illnesses had ravaged his body. These complications qualified him for organ donation, but he was losing hope after waiting for two years....
    We need Ignatius’s first set of rules for discernment because desolation is a common experience. We need his second set because of another unwelcome fact: consolation isn’t always what it seems. Sometimes it’s false consolation that the evil spirit...
    A fundamental element of Pentecost is astonishment. Our God is a God of astonishment; this we know. No one expected anything more from the disciples: after Jesus’ death they were a small, insignificant group of defeated orphans of their...
    “It’s just one of those things,” my grandma used to say all the time. It meant that she heard, but she had no helpful comment or answer to my dilemma. This often irritated me, because I wanted to change...
    My dog is watchful at the window a good part of the day. He is a mix of German Shepherd and Catahoula Leopard Dog, and from what I understand, it is in both of his breeds to guard, shepherd,...
    During this Easter season, I attended a conference of Mission Formation Officers in the Jesuit Schools Network; I was on the organizing committee. As I watched the year-long work of the committee finally come together, enhanced by the energy...
    Congratulations to Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ, author of Forgive Everyone Everything, on receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work at Homeboy Industries! This is the nation’s highest civilian honor. Watch a video in the Facebook post below...
    A friend of mine recently converted to Catholicism. Like me, she was once a card-carrying Protestant. “What made you convert?” I asked, knowing for me, there were reasons that surprised me. “I convert because the Catholic Church is apostolic. We...
    I didn’t grow up celebrating Star Wars Day—mostly because it didn’t exist as an organized holiday until I was an adult. May the 4th was just the fourth day of May. And, to be honest, I might be playing...

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