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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.

    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...

    God Gives Us an A

    A couple of years ago, I had a student who spent quite a few free periods hanging out in my office. One day, he looked at me and said,...

    Showing Up Messy

    One afternoon right before the end of the fall semester, a smiling child came rushing down the school hallway shouting, “Mom, I just have to tell you something!” The sight...

    Sharing the Wisdom: What I Learned from My Grandfather About Art and Dreams

    “Boys, stop throwing that ball in this room! I have one room of nice things. One. Go play somewhere else!” I screamed as I caught a ball just as...

    Giving Myself Permission to Make Adjustments in Ignatian Contemplation

    I have always considered myself terrible at Ignatian contemplation. That’s a form of prayer that invites one to place oneself in a scene from the Bible. In the Spiritual...

    Standing Next to Mary

    I find myself wondering often about the ordinary moments in the Holy Family’s life, particularly the day-to-day moments of Mary’s life with Jesus. Perhaps this is because I am...