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Wisdom from an Empty Nest

It was nearing the end of a weekend-long conference that, with the help of several others, I had planned and directed. Despite the fact...

Hope and the Common Good

There is a scene in the movie The Shawshank Redemption in which the two main characters, both prisoners in the 1950s, debate about hope....

Act Against the Creative Censor

We are made in the image and likeness of our God who creates. It doesn’t matter if we don’t make our living writing, painting,...

No Patience

I am not a patient person. I like to act quickly and want everything and everyone to act just as quickly as I do. Perhaps...

God in the Details

Once when I was a little girl, I walked by the front door to our house and noticed a shaft of light shining through...

Hope and a Call for Change

As a spiritual director, I have the great privilege to accompany individuals on their spiritual journeys. Some of the people that I accompany serve...

The Miracle Organ

During a recent holiday, I visited a man who received a new organ from a donor. Childhood illnesses had ravaged his body. These complications...

Counterfeit Consolation

We need Ignatius’s first set of rules for discernment because desolation is a common experience. We need his second set because of another unwelcome...

Just One of Those Things

“It’s just one of those things,” my grandma used to say all the time. It meant that she heard, but she had no helpful...

Pentecost’s Quiet Whisper

During this Easter season, I attended a conference of Mission Formation Officers in the Jesuit Schools Network; I was on the organizing committee. As...

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