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    Rebecca Ruiz

    Rebecca Ruiz holds a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and an M.A. from Tufts University. She has been trained as an Ignatian spiritual director through Fairfield University’s four-year formation program. Rebecca served in refugee resettlement for nearly 15 years and has also worked as an ethnomusicologist, composer, and writer. She and her husband have two sons and live at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. She strives, as St. Ignatius taught, to see God in all things and do “all things for the greater glory of God.”

    Not a Fisherman

    This story is inspired by Matthew 4:18–22. I’m curious about this Jesus character. As an investigative journalist, I think he’d be a great story, so I’ve decided to shadow him...

    A Blanket Surprise

    This year, as Advent began, I wasn’t feeling ready. I just couldn’t get into the spirit of Advent. I talked with my spiritual director about it. We troubleshooted. I had...

    Nine Fallacies About Prayer and the Spiritual Life That St. Ignatius Debunks

    Sometimes we make assumptions about prayer and the spiritual life that impede our attempts to connect with God. Often, these fallacies take root in the subconscious, and we do...

    Unique and Unrepeatable Autumn

    In his autobiography, St. Ignatius Loyola recounts how “the greatest consolation he used to receive was to look at the sky and the stars, which he did often and...

    Both Essential Characters

    I have a love-hate relationship with the month of August. I love the start of the new school year and the smell of fresh crayons and new books. I...

    Five Ways to Follow St. Ignatius’s Example to See All Things New in Christ

    I’m writing from the desert this month. I’ve spent a lot of time gazing at the magnificent peaks that surround my valley abode, and I’ve noticed that, as the...