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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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    There’s Such a State as Difficult Consolation

    All of us are rightly wary of the incorrect reduction of the concepts of desolation and consolation to merely feeling bad and feeling good....
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    Discernment in Times of Injustice

    Ignatian approaches to discernment are sometimes posed in terms of life choices, such as which vocation we might choose or if a particular job...
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    Knowing God’s Call

    One of the most common questions I get asked in spiritual direction is, “How do I know God’s call for me?” So often we...

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