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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.”

    Come as You Are to Jesus

    When I was preparing for First Communion, I remember Sister telling our class that when we go to Mass, we are going before a king—the King of all Creation—so...

    Five Tips to Get the Most out of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy

    On December 8, 2015, Pope Francis opened a global Jubilee Year of Mercy. Historically, a jubilee year was a time of great rejoicing. During the jubilee there were parties...

    Making Room This Advent

    My father recently moved in with us, and it’s been a time of great squishing. Making the journey to our home, we all squished, with all of his belongings,...

    A Mom’s Examen (aka “The Burnt Cookie Examen”)

    St. Ignatius taught the valuable spiritual practice of praying the Examen daily. When I sit down at the end of the day for my own Examen, I always wish...

    Vacation Desolation

    I recently returned from a wonderful family vacation. It was a great time. The natural beauty of the area we visited was breathtaking, and as I was taking it...

    When the Winds of Change Blow

    My first weeks of college were a huge adjustment. I sat in the chapel feeling homesick and utterly alone. I cried my prayer to God, wondering what my life...