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    Invitation to Be Bold

    In January 2023, the Lord invited me to hope. At the time, I faced a long journey ahead of rebuilding myself, body and soul,...
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    Where Is It You Don’t Want to Go?

    Consolation is sometimes painful. On the surface, we fun-seeking humans will do lots of things that are not of God to avoid feeling bad, to...
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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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    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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    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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    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...
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    Attuning to God’s Voice Within

    My sons are now teens. It seems like just yesterday I put them down for a nap after lunch, and now, my youngest is...
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    Storing up the Water of Consolation

    This summer on retreat I spent much time praying while sitting on large rocks off the northeast Atlantic Ocean. The wildlife is abundant there,...
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    Free to Risk Failure

    We cannot choose correctly all the time. That plain fact inhibits many of us from making as many choices, and bold choices, as we...