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    Lenten Read-Along: St. Ignatius and St. Patrick as Spiritual Guides Through Thin Places

    Thin places are spaces of mystery and encounter where we meet God in ourselves, in others, and in the wider world. In each person’s...
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    Creativity and Love

    Recently, I was babysitting my eight-year-old nephew, Joshua. At day’s end, we were snuggled in and had said some prayers. Ever inquisitive and curious...
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    Recognizing God

    Fewer words make space for quiet listening. Some people pray through meditation, some say memorized prayers, some absorb the wonder of creation and see...
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    The Mystery of the Incarnation overcomes the problem of distance. Without the Incarnation, without the Word of God becoming fully human, God will never...
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    The Ashes We Receive

    My preparation for Ash Wednesday most years begins with clearing my calendar for that day. I look at the list of people I accompany...
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    Staring Our Way to Recognition

    Have you ever seen something that you could not identify as anything familiar, and so all you could do was stare at it in...
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    Thoughts for January 1

    This is the octave day of Christmas, dedicated as a solemnity to Mary, the Holy Mother of God. The Gospel invites us to join...
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    Mary, Mona Lisa, and Seeing Through the Icons

    When I was 16 years old, I saw da Vinci’s Mona Lisa for the first time. Sort of. I was on a high school...
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    A Bold Invitation from Zephaniah

    Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The LORD has taken away the judgments against you, he has...
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    Delighting in Nature with God

    Editor’s note: Throughout July, we’re celebrating 31 Days with St. Ignatius, a month-long celebration of Ignatian spirituality. In addition to the calendar of Ignatian...