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    Befriending a Rat

    In our urban backyard, we have a chicken coop constructed just right to fit our five, almost full-grown chickens. My animal-loving family promises me...
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    Get Quiet

    The modern world, for all its marvels, is simply too noisy for our own good. We cannot think straight with the cacophony of competing...
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    A Different Kind of Souvenir

    My husband and I recently took a vacation to a nearby beach and state park, and I returned with a divine souvenir. I was...
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    Confronting a 2,000-Year-Old Challenge

    Recently I came across one of my favorite passages in the Gospel of Mark, the Parable of the Rich Young Man. In Mark 10:21,...
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    Sharing a Moment with a Stranger on Vacation

    Entering Westminster Abbey on vacation with my 10-year-old son, I overheard a man with an American accent ask, “Can we take photos?” “No, sorry, sir,”...
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    An Extraordinarily Ordinary Day

    The season’s heat calls for a slower pace. Some of my ministries take a summer break, giving me time to catch my breath and...
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    Introducing Vacation to My Boys—and Embracing Vacation Anew Myself

    A year ago, we had the unexpected gift of taking time off to go as a family to a resort hotel a little north...
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    Words of Wisdom

    What words of wisdom would you pass on to a younger person today? If you knew you weren’t going to be around much longer, how...
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    Eight Examples of Consolation

    Editor’s note: We’ve been having fun celebrating the 10th anniversary of IgnatianSpirituality.com. The fun continues throughout July with our 10th-annual 31 Days with St. Ignatius celebration. Bookmark the...
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    Two Hints for Recognizing the Two Ignatian Movements of Consolation and Desolation

    Editor’s note: We’ve been having fun celebrating the 10th anniversary of IgnatianSpirituality.com. The fun will continue throughout July with our 10th-annual 31 Days with...