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    Job and Desolation

    Job, we are told, was a righteous man, graced by God with all manner of blessing. But when Satan struck a wager with God...
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    No Guarantees

    Each week, my junior high-school math teacher had us write a note to ourselves at the top of our class notebooks. Dear Me, Lord willing, Test on...
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    Dance with Me

    I had been watching too many of those romantic European period pieces, the ones where the ball is the make-or-break moment of the whole...
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    Humility and Thirst for Christ

    This past summer, my area experienced a long drought. On my summer retreat, the usually lush grass was parched, the lilacs looked wilted, and...
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    Minding the Moss: An Invitation to Selflessness

    We learned quickly not to step on the moss. On the flight to Iceland, one video after another cautioned against committing such a heinous act....
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    All Aspects of Us

    Do you love all the aspects of you? Are you proud of all the parts of who you are? Last week, I introduced myself to my...
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    Unearned Chocolate Bars

    Day 100 after a transplant is a big milestone. It is the day the doctors trust the transplant won’t be rejected. It is the...
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    A Sense of Serenity

    This past year, my family decided to watch the entire Seinfeld series. My children are now old enough to get the jokes, and enough...
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    What the Sisters of Bon Secours Taught Me About the Spiritual Exercises

    I knew nothing of the Sisters of Bon Secours before moving to Baltimore. It was an Ignatian-inspired retreat that would bring me to the sisters’...
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    Getting Through the Dog Days of the Spiritual Life

    In the South especially, the weeks from mid-July to mid-August are called the “dog days” of summer. The science behind the heat is that...