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    Marina Berzins McCoy

    Marina Berzins McCoy is a professor at Boston College, where she teaches philosophy and in the BC PULSE service-learning program. She is the author of The Ignatian Guide to Forgiveness and Wounded Heroes: Vulnerability as a Virtue in Ancient Greek Philosophy. She and her husband are the parents to two young adults and live in the Boston area.

    Receptivity to God’s Love

    The readings for the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord concern receptivity to God’s gifts. Isaiah’s words invite the thirsty to “come to the water” and promise those...

    Mary as a Model of Indifference

    In many discussions of Ignatian indifference by Jesuit colleagues, the paradigmatic stories revolve around leaving behind jobs, projects, and relationships for the sake of mission. But I struggle to...

    The Examen Always Ends with Hope

    While it’s easy to think about the Examen as being oriented to the past, this prayer helps us to pay attention to where God is in the past, present,...

    Thoughts about the Imagination and Narrative

    Storytelling is crucial to how we as human beings make meaning of our lives. Ricoeur observed that while life is simply lived, we attempt to make meaning of life’s...

    Five Tips for Discerning Balance in a Busy Life

    This past summer I have spent time in prayer, discerning how to find better balance in my busy life as a mother, wife, teacher, writer, volunteer, and all-around household...

    Tending to the Growth of Love

    Among Ignatius’s insights into the dynamics of spiritual life is that God leads primarily through encouragement. In his rules for the discernment of spirits, Ignatius says that for people...