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    Letter to God in the Fall

    My sweet Lord, It is turning to autumn, and I feel your presence again in a different way: a tender, private manner. It is quieter...
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    Living as Men and Women for Others

    Editor’s note: Throughout July, we’re hosting 31 Days with St. Ignatius, a month-long celebration of Ignatian spirituality. In addition to the calendar of Ignatian articles found here,...
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    Eyes to Serve, Hands to Learn

    Remember the 2012 song “Below My Feet” by the British folk-rock band, Mumford and Sons? Released on their second album, Babel, I don’t believe it...
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    An Examen of Life’s Stories

    Editor’s Note: This Examen can be prayed at any time, but it is particularly suited to praying while reading and reflecting on Cannonball Moments:...
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    Catholic Worldbuilding and the Ignatian Imagination

    I’ve always been fascinated by the process of worldbuilding. Science fiction and fantasy are by far my favorite genres. Occasionally, I dabble in writing speculative...
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    Holy Saturday as the Dark Night

    The tabernacle is empty. The tomb is full. The stone is rolled across the opening. There is no going back. The disciples are overwhelmed...
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    The Labels We Did Not Choose

    The first day I put on my new medical alert bracelet, I felt a mix of emotions. On one hand, I felt secure. The...
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    Blackened Pans and the Wear and Tear of Life

    We roast a lot of vegetables in our home, much to our daughters’ chagrin. Brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli—the oven is always working. “But...
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    Here There Be Mermaids

    We hadn’t expected mermaids. Unicorns, sure. The queen? Most likely. Knights and jousting and turkey legs—obviously. But mermaids? My daughters were enchanted. “I have a question, Daddy,”...
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    Job and Desolation

    Job, we are told, was a righteous man, graced by God with all manner of blessing. But when Satan struck a wager with God...