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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.”

    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...

    Joseph’s Fiat

    Every year, at Christmas Eve Mass, a soloist in our parish sings “Joseph’s Song” by Michael Card. The simple melody conveys a sense of wonder, gentleness, and tenderness about...

    Invitations to More

    We have arrived at that time of the year when planners like me make lists upon lists. Right now, I’ve got my final Thanksgiving list going along with my...