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    How hard can it be to take 10, 15, 20 minutes a day for dedicated prayer or reflection and contemplation? And yet the commitment to any regular prayer practice can often feel like one more burden to “fit in”...
    As I was washing the dishes this morning, the song “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?” (sung by Kate Baldwin) came up on my playlist. This song, from the 1947 musical Finian’s Rainbow, always transports me back in time....
    Do you struggle to say no? Fr. Michael Rossmann, SJ, author of The Freedom of Missing Out: Letting Go of Fear and Saying Yes to Life, has some advice: The next time you’re invited to do something, ask yourself, “If...
    It’s normal for children to dream of becoming superheroes and unicorns and all sorts of things they cannot become. But we need to grow up. Problems arise when we continue thinking that we can be anything we want to...
    In a One-Minute Jesuit video, Fr. Michael Rossmann, SJ, explains, “Living the magis is not about taking on more activities. Rather, it’s about focusing on the more universal good. In work, school, or the spiritual life, we may need...
    A central meditation in St. Ignatius’s Spiritual Exercises is that of the Two Standards, in which retreatants are to imagine two armies on a battlefield, each holding a flag (a “standard”), ready to charge into battle. On one side...
    July is almost here, which means we’re getting ready for the 13th-annual 31 Days with St. Ignatius. This original month-long celebration of Ignatian spirituality leads up to the feast day of its namesake on July 31. We’ve put together...
    Sit-ups, leg lifts, and squats: how can I pray at all times when I’m supposed to be exercising? I wonder how the people in Thessalonica responded to St. Paul’s letter teaching them to pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17–19) Did...
    We live in unsettling times; war, disease, political conflict, and even turbulent weather can feel disquieting. How can we stay on an even keel in the midst of it all? Ignatian spirituality is one of realism, and in that sense,...
    I was running late for Mass. That’s not terribly uncommon in my life, as getting two little girls out the door early on a Sunday is no easy feat. But in this instance, on pilgrimage in Spain, I was responsible...

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