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Keeping Perspective for the Pope’s Visit

September 22, 2015 // 3 Comments

On the eve of Pope Francis’s visit to the United States, Michelle Francl-Donnay turns to the story of Mary and Martha as she and her fellow Philadelphia-area residents worry about the reality of [...]

Vacation Desolation

September 21, 2015 // 7 Comments

I recently returned from a wonderful family vacation. It was a great time. The natural beauty of the area we visited was breathtaking, and as I was taking it in, I frequently thanked God for the [...]

Goldfish Attention Spans

September 18, 2015 // 2 Comments

Goldfish have longer attention spans than humans. Kelly Schreckenberger takes that fact as the starting point for reflection. Take a minute or two and listen to your thoughts. How many different [...]

USA Today Highlights Jesuit Schools

September 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

With Pope Francis’s upcoming U.S. visit comes many news stories about the Holy Father and the Jesuits. One such article, from USA Today, spotlights Jesuit schools, and it provides a quick overview [...]

Competitive Spirit

September 16, 2015 // 2 Comments

How strong is your competitive spirit? Garrett Gundlach, SJ, considers trophy collections and a recent cut-throat board game night. “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” they say. [...]

The Golden Ticket to a Papal Mass

September 15, 2015 // 11 Comments

The song, “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket” from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory describes how some eager Californians feel right now as drawings all over the state determine who will get [...]

One Word at a Time

September 14, 2015 // 4 Comments

The interior of the church* looked like it had been torn from the pages of Isaiah, “I lay your pavements in carnelians, your foundations in sapphires; I will make your battlements of rubies, your [...]

Ignatian Optimism

September 11, 2015 // 3 Comments

St. Augustine was impressed by the amount of sin in the world; humanity for him was a massa damnata. That seems to imply that grace is not only unearned but bestowed sparingly. Ignatius, on the other [...]

A Morning Offering

September 10, 2015 // 7 Comments

While on retreat this past summer, I spent a good deal of time praying for the grace of indifference and asking for the freedom to align my will more closely to God’s own will. Along the way, I [...]

Billionaire Building Retreat Center

September 9, 2015 // 2 Comments

Billionaire Joe Ricketts is building a retreat center in Nebraska’s Platte River Valley, expected to open in 2018. The Cloisters on the Platte, as it’s known, will feature Ignatian silent [...]
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