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    Congressman Cao's Discernment

    Anh "Joseph" Cao got a lot of attention last December when he became the first Vietnamese-American to be elected to Congress. He was in...
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    The “Examen”ed Life

    The fruit of the regular practice of the Examen—or more broadly, the life of regular, cumulative, formative reflection—is living with greater attentiveness, greater readiness,...

    Living with Purpose

    In my freshman seminar yesterday, my class and I were discussing Plato’s Republic, and specifically his strong focus on thinking about the good of...
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    What the Spiritual Exercises Do

    The Exercises give us the confidence that grows from personal experience, says Jim Conroy, SJ, on Busted Halo.  "It gives to men and women...

    Consolation, Desolation, and Feelings

    Consolation and desolation are key ideas in Ignatian discernment, and they are not easy to understand.  Abbot Joseph has a good post about the...
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    Finding Your Way

    If someone you know is looking for direction in life, point them to "How to Discern the Elements of Your Personal Vocation" by Peter...

    The Examen for Families

    Blogger Cynthia Kirk proposes a way for families to use the Examen around the dinner table: 1. For what time or event today are you...
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    The Spiritual Exercises in High School

    Religious educators with an Ignatian bent take note. A young Jesuit named Anthony Borrow has been using the Spiritual Exercises in his classes at Dallas...

    What Does it Mean to "Serve"?

    "Service" is a central idea in Ignatian spirituality. But what does it really mean? Here is an excellent article by David Fleming, SJ, that unpacks...

    Three Types of People Revisited

    One of the central exercises in the Spiritual Exercises is the meditation on "three types of people." It invites us to give a long,...

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