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    Looking Back to Look Forward in Advent

    When my children were younger, we would go on long road trips during the winter holiday from school to visit our families. We’d eagerly...
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    Here There Be Mermaids

    We hadn’t expected mermaids. Unicorns, sure. The queen? Most likely. Knights and jousting and turkey legs—obviously. But mermaids? My daughters were enchanted. “I have a question, Daddy,”...
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    The Gift of Gratitude

    Keeping a gratitude journal in which we write down the particular gifts of each day trains our brains to see the good around us....
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    Getting Out of the “If I Ruled the World” Mindset

    At a recent conference, a fellow Ignatian educator and I were walking to the cafeteria for lunch, caught up in a passionate conversation about...
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    Unique and Unrepeatable Autumn

    In his autobiography, St. Ignatius Loyola recounts how “the greatest consolation he used to receive was to look at the sky and the stars,...
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    Hello, Anger

    When I mentioned to my spiritual director that I was totally apathetic about my prayer life of late, and she asked if I were...
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    Choosing Joy

    Once we know we are loved, it is easy to choose joy. This is what Father Greg Boyle, SJ, learned as he has ministered to...
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    What We Can—And Definitely Can’t—Learn About Gods from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe

    It’s easy to forget that Thor is a god. I was reminded of this recently watching the latest installment in the Thor franchise—a crucial piece...
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    Steadying Each Other

    We made our way through the crowded theater, spotting our seats in the center of a row already filled with people. Not wanting to...
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    No Guarantees

    Each week, my junior high-school math teacher had us write a note to ourselves at the top of our class notebooks. Dear Me, Lord willing, Test on...