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    A 24-Hour Life and Death Discernment

    “We have two options. We can do our best to keep the disease at bay and just treat side effects, leaving you days or...
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    Listening to God’s Call

    Author Barbara Lee experienced a call to be a spiritual director in her retirement years and encourages those who are aging to, “Listen to...
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    Baking, Breaking, and Balance

    This past Christmas, we did a lot of baking, both at home and at my mother’s house when we went to visit her and...
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    Discernment of Spirits and the Missioned Life

    Discernment of spirits isn’t just for adults. Help teens ask themselves how they make decisions, and lead them to practice discernment so that they...
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    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....
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    Why I Left IT to Join the Jesuits

    Editor’s note: Throughout July, we’re celebrating 31 Days with St. Ignatius, a month-long celebration of Ignatian spirituality. In addition to the calendar of Ignatian articles found here,...
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    Callings

    I recently began watching a TV show about passengers on an airplane who, unknowingly, disappear for five years while in flight. While they believe...
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    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...
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    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...
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    What Is Worthless and What Is of Value

    St. Ignatius would say, “It is not knowing much, but realising and relishing things interiorly, that contents and satisfies the soul.” Ignatius invites us...

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