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    Hydrated in God’s Love

    Most people would assume that water beads as tiny as pinheads are useless and worthless. But add water, and they fluff up to be...
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    Creativity and Love

    Recently, I was babysitting my eight-year-old nephew, Joshua. At day’s end, we were snuggled in and had said some prayers. Ever inquisitive and curious...
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    Discernment of Spirits and the Missioned Life

    Discernment of spirits isn’t just for adults. Help teens ask themselves how they make decisions, and lead them to practice discernment so that they...
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    A Quiet Miracle

    “May you take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention.” —John O’Donohue I recently began the Fourth Week of the Spiritual Exercises...
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    Autumn Panic

    I was a city kid until I moved to rural Vermont in 1979, where even now there are more trees than people. The northeast...
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    A Discipline of Noticing

    There are lines from a poem by Ted Kooser to his mother that I think about often. In the poem, simply called “Mother,” Kooser...
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    Dealing with Annoyances

    Last year, I wrote a book on the topic of forgiveness, and lately I have been thinking about a separate but related topic: how...
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    Middle School

    I have two middle-school age sons, and the word of the hour is awkward! They are tired all the time from their ever-morphing bodies....
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    Four Strategies for Discernment

    In the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, there are various “rules for the discernment of spirits”—what we would simply call principles of wise discernment....
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    Instruments in a Symphony of Grace

    “Make me an instrument of your peace,” we regularly pray at our parish. I wonder what instrument I would be in God’s orchestra—an oboe,...