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    Shining in Their Smiles

    I consider one of the greatest blessings I have right now to be watching my three little boys grow up. And it is a...
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    Making Friends

    My son began attending a new school this month. As we pulled up to the front entrance, he was wondering aloud whom he would...
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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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    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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    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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    Four Hidden Places I’ve Found God

    Editor’s note: Celebrate the 10th anniversary of IgnatianSpirituality.com with us. For 10 weeks, we’ll be “Counting the Gifts of Ignatian Spirituality” by bringing you special content...
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    Rooted in the Midst of Change

    In the Easter season, the first readings at Mass feature the Apostles as they undertake their missions. They are out in the world, preaching,...