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    It Matters to Jesus

    A friend called me the other day, and as soon as I answered the phone, she said through tears, “Becky, I had a huge...
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    The Ashes We Receive

    My preparation for Ash Wednesday most years begins with clearing my calendar for that day. I look at the list of people I accompany...
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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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    Staring Our Way to Recognition

    Have you ever seen something that you could not identify as anything familiar, and so all you could do was stare at it in...
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    Writing Spiritual Autobiography as It Relates to the Spiritual Exercises, Part 2

    In terms of the Spiritual Exercises, one critical goal of writing a spiritual autobiography is to recognize God’s action in our past: God’s presence,...
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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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    Every year for the past few years, I have chosen a word of the year. I do not have an elaborate process for choosing...
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    Writing Spiritual Autobiography as It Relates to the Spiritual Exercises, Part 1

    St. Ignatius understood the importance of reviewing one’s life when he built this practice into the Spiritual Exercises centuries ago. His emphasis was to...
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    The Contemplation on the Incarnation and Advent

    The Second Week of the Spiritual Exercises begins with a Contemplation on the Incarnation (SE 101–109). The graces we pray for with this meditation...
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    A Different Kind of Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving will be different this year. As I write this, in early November, the United States is experiencing a new and frightening spike in...