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The Two Standards and Letting Go

This post is based on Week Five of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. It was the last day of a recovery retreat when my partner, Sister...

Noticing My Stumbling Blocks

This post is based on Week Three of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. For five years I volunteered at the county jail, where I took a...

Writing Spiritual Autobiography as It Relates to the Spiritual Exercises, Part 2

In terms of the Spiritual Exercises, one critical goal of writing a spiritual autobiography is to recognize God’s action in our past: God’s presence,...

Perspective

Every year for the past few years, I have chosen a word of the year. I do not have an elaborate process for choosing...

Writing Spiritual Autobiography as It Relates to the Spiritual Exercises, Part 1

St. Ignatius understood the importance of reviewing one’s life when he built this practice into the Spiritual Exercises centuries ago. His emphasis was to...

The Contemplation on the Incarnation and Advent

The Second Week of the Spiritual Exercises begins with a Contemplation on the Incarnation (SE 101–109). The graces we pray for with this meditation...

Harvest Moon

I have always loved the harvest moon. In my two-stoplight hometown, it was always a big event. The rising of this enormous, orange moon...

Driving in the Fourth Week

I swore I would never get a vanity license plate. But then I did. I can’t exactly say it came from deep prayer and...

Ignatian Optimism

I’ve always been a bit put off by people who exude positivity non-stop, the ones who only see the “bright side” or who think...

The Missing Shoe: Deepening God’s Life in Me

“Where is my stupid shoe?” I shouted at my bewildered husband. That question burst out of my mouth far more loudly than intended on a...

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