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    Gretchen Crowder

    Gretchen Crowder has served as a campus minister and Ignatian educator for the Jesuit Dallas community for the last 15 years. She is also a freelance writer and speaker. She has a B.S. in mathematics and a M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame as well as an M.T.S. from the University of Dallas. She resides in Dallas, TX, with her husband, three boys, and an ever-growing number of pets.

    Love vs. the Mess

    I’m sitting here writing this post in the midst of absolute chaos. There are three overflowing laundry baskets sitting on the floor just to the right of me. They have...

    I Saw You There

    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, posts on dotMagis this month will...

    God’s Magnanimous Love and the Suscipe

    When I first discovered Ignatian spirituality more than 15 years ago, I came to it with a deeply rooted belief that what God wanted from me would not necessarily...

    God as Gardener

    I despise gardening! It’s not gardening’s fault, really. It’s mine. I do occasionally try to garden, but every time, it fails miserably. Usually my foray into gardening begins with the sudden...

    Prayer for Sitting Watch with Christ

    Every time I have needed Christ, I have found him waiting patiently for me in a school chapel. The first school chapel I visited regularly to seek Christ’s presence...

    Three Tools for One Step Forward

    During a particularly difficult moment recently, I found myself sitting, head in my hands, at a complete loss. I was faced with an unexpected situation, and I didn’t know...