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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 worked as an ethnomusicologist, composer, and writer, in academia, and, for the past 14 years, in domestic refugee resettlement in the Diocese of Arlington, VA. She and her husband have two children and live in the Washington, DC metro area. She strives, as St. Ignatius taught, to see God in all things and do “all things for the greater glory of God.”

    Longing for Home

    As I was washing the dishes this morning, the song “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?” (sung by Kate Baldwin) came up on my playlist. This song, from the...

    What I Learned About God Through My Pet Bird

    My bird, Charlie, died last month. Charlie was a beautiful little parrot, jam-packed with personality. Most days, my shoulder was her perch, from which she would plant kisses on my...

    Tilling the Soil of My Heart

    When I was a child, I thought of Lent as a gloomy time. This was partly because where I grew up, the weather at that time of year was...

    Using Our Gifts to Build the Kingdom Among Us

    On the front porch, perched upon a worn wooden table and leaning against a bowl filled with water bottles, stood the sign: “Delivery Folks: Cold Water. Thank you!” Waiting there...

    Why St. Ignatius Should Be Our Go-To Saint if We Are Suffering or Experiencing Unexpected Changes

    For as long as I can remember, I have appreciated St. Ignatius of Loyola’s spirituality. Almost five years ago, though, I came to appreciate Ignatius in a new way...

    Sharing the Wisdom: What I Learned from a Friend About the Gift of Presence

    I can’t remember exactly when we met her. We had arrived in the snowy tundra in January of my fifth-grade year. I know it was after the permafrost had...