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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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    Leaping into Puddles

    When was the last time you jumped into a puddle? I don’t mean walking into one, gingerly hoping your socks stay somewhat dry. I mean...
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    Screen Time and St. Ignatius

    It’s happened again. I have spent 30… 45… 60 minutes on social media. I’m not sure why I do it. I logged on to see how my...
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    Following the Spirit’s Lead in Communal Discernment

    We all suddenly paused in the middle of our meeting. I looked around and could sense that others felt what I was noticing: the...
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    What’s the Real Problem I Am Trying to Solve?

    One of my most challenging classes freshman year in college was physics. I remember going through class after class being completely perplexed as the...
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    Resumé and Eulogy Virtues

    Last month, I attended an online funeral held for William Barry, SJ, a well-known Jesuit spiritual director and author who recently went home to...
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    The Great Re-Imaginer

    Having faith and hope seems almost absurd in times like these. The brokenness, darkness, and suffering of our world are in plain sight. Uncertainty...
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    Finding God in Our Desires

    In the world I have known, the American Midwest, the word desire has been used too often in the context of lust and sex....

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