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    The Great Commandment

    St. Ignatius begins the Spiritual Exercises with the essential principle that God’s love is unconditional. Adding two words, “for me,” made it intensely personal....
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    Relationships and the Examen

    I’ve been lonely lately. This time of COVID has taken a toll on my relationships. Some are not yet comfortable. Some friends have learned to...
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    Baking, Breaking, and Balance

    This past Christmas, we did a lot of baking, both at home and at my mother’s house when we went to visit her and...
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    People Who Can’t Stand Me

    I was griping to a friend about a person who just didn't seem to like me. This guy avoided me when we were in...
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    Showing Up Messy

    One afternoon right before the end of the fall semester, a smiling child came rushing down the school hallway shouting, “Mom, I just have...
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    Joseph’s Fiat

    Every year, at Christmas Eve Mass, a soloist in our parish sings “Joseph’s Song” by Michael Card. The simple melody conveys a sense of...
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    Finding God in What Is Tender and Small This Season

    In Advent, we await the second coming of Christ, and we also welcome the ways that God breaks into our lives again and again....
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    Flying Houses

    My patronal feast, Our Lady of Loreto on December 10, was elevated on liturgical calendars in 2019. I love this title for Mary, even...
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    Advent Began Early This Year

    I sometimes have trouble focusing on the season of Advent and its message of hope. No matter how well-intentioned I am to keep the...
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    The Mystery of the Incarnation

    In the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, retreatants imagine the mystery of the Incarnation. They take time to picture the Trinity looking over...