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    Lessons in God’s Presence from a German Shepherd

    We recently adopted a new dog, a German Shepherd around two years old. He is a shelter dog and was previously in at least...
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    Lessons in Jedi Training and Ignatian Spirituality

    A painting by a Baltimore-based artist hangs in our bedroom, a gift from my eldest daughter. The painting depicts a young girl—blond hair down...
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    Tuning In to God’s Voice

    I’d been a nervous wreck for days. In the next four weeks, I had several major projects due. Each endeavor was an opportunity for...
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    When We Miss the Fruits by Our Snap Judgments

    The apple tree in our front yard stands expansively as a remnant of the apple orchard that once spanned our community. I took one...
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    Starting from a Position of Freedom

    Another word for indifference is freedom. Ignatius says that to make good decisions, we must try to be free from personal preferences, societal expectations,...
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    Finding God Through the Autumn Leaves

    It is autumn. The leaves have changed, and the wind has a slight chill, reminding us of what will come. Autumn is God’s way...
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    Attuning to God in Silence

    Frequently in the Gospels, we see Jesus withdrawing from a crowd to be alone with God. Early in his public ministry, he is clearly...
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    Letter to God in the Fall

    My sweet Lord, It is turning to autumn, and I feel your presence again in a different way: a tender, private manner. It is quieter...
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    False Consolation

    In the rules for the Second Week the evil tactics of the enemy present themselves under the appearance of good. At first glance they...
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    The Mandolin Dilemma

    For a brief period of time, I took mandolin lessons under a tree. I was living in Bolivia and had acquired a new mandolin and...