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    Vinita Hampton Wright

    Vinita Hampton Wright edited books for 32 years, retiring in 2021. She has written various fiction and non-fiction books, including the novel Dwelling Places and spirituality books Days of Deepening Friendship, The Art of Spiritual Writing, Small Simple Ways: An Ignatian Daybook for Healthy Spiritual Living, and, most recently, Set the World on Fire: A 4-Week Personal Retreat with the Female Doctors of the Church. Vinita is a spiritual director and continues to facilitate retreats and write fiction and nonfiction. She lives with her husband, two dogs, and a cat in Springdale, Arkansas.

    Vinita's Books

    • Small Simple Ways: An Ignatian Daybook for Healthy Spiritual Living
    • The Art of Spiritual Writing: How to Craft Prose That Engages and Inspires Your Readers
    • Daily Inspiration for Women
    • Simple Acts of Moving Forward: 60 Suggestions for Getting Unstuck
    • Days of Deepening Friendship: For the Woman Who Wants Authentic Life with God

    Imagination and Praydreaming

    May we all grow in our creativity as we move from summer to autumn. May we exercise our imaginations in new ways. Here’s one for starters: praydreaming. Following is...

    Four Strategies for Discernment

    In the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, there are various “rules for the discernment of spirits”—what we would simply call principles of wise discernment. Included in these rules are...

    St. Ignatius and Community

    We think of Ignatius alone in his cave in Manresa, doing spiritual battle and learning to discern God’s direction for him. Ignatius was at times overcome by guilt over...

    Three Ways to Recharge in the Summertime

    We can rest and recreate during the summer months, but how about going a step further? How do we recharge ourselves for the months to come? How can we...

    Three Ways to Respond When Life Goes a Different Direction

    After Ignatius of Loyola gave his life to God’s service, he imagined that he should go to Jerusalem to pray and do penance, make pilgrimage to the sites of...

    Minding Our Thought Patterns

    In St. Ignatius’s second set of rules for discernment—the rules pertaining to more subtle discernment, what we might call advanced discernment—he addresses, in rules 5 and 6, how we...