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    Eric Clayton

    Eric A. Clayton is the deputy director of communications for the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States. He has a BA in creative writing and international studies from Fairfield University and an MA in international media from American University. Eric writes Story Scraps on Substack. He lives in Baltimore, MD, with his wife and two daughters. Clayton is the author of Cannonball Moments: Telling Your Story, Deepening Your Faith and My Life with the Jedi: The Spirituality of Star Wars.

    At the Edge of the Desert

    The high point of our tour through Morocco was always meant to be the camel ride in the desert. The trip was designed that way; it was a big, country-wide...

    A Jesuit Saint for the New Year: Joseph Pignatelli, SJ

    The start of a new year is inevitably a moment of transition. And transitions can be challenging. Excitement for the new collides with nostalgia for what’s already gone. Possibility and...

    Collecting Past and Present

    There’s a tiny games and hobbies shop off the highway near my house. I have to make at least one U-turn to find it. Even then, the only way...

    Lessons in Jedi Training and Ignatian Spirituality

    A painting by a Baltimore-based artist hangs in our bedroom, a gift from my eldest daughter. The painting depicts a young girl—blond hair down to her shoulders, wearing white...

    The Mandolin Dilemma

    For a brief period of time, I took mandolin lessons under a tree. I was living in Bolivia and had acquired a new mandolin and an interest in learning how...

    All Part of the Experience at Magis

    In 2007, in the early months of my undergraduate career at Fairfield University, I stumbled upon an invitation on a bulletin board in campus ministry. Students were invited to...