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    May the God of Surprises Delight You

    May the God of Surprises delight you, inviting you to accept gifts not yet imagined. May the God of Transformation call you, opening you to...
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    God Came to Tea

    God came and sat down with me. I asked God to tea. God sat there in the kitchen and smiled at me. But I stumbled and...
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    Encountering God in the Unexpected

    We asked a few readers to share with us where they encountered God in the unexpected. Today and tomorrow we highlight their responses. I Found...
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    Praying with Poetry

    Explore Faith suggests a process for praying with poetry. Several poems are on the site, but the method will work with any poem. Here’s...

    The Red Machine on the Wall

    Greg Kennedy, SJ, shared an Advent poem on the igNation blog. Here's a taste. We've all taken numbers from the red machine on the wall. Above, red...

    Possible Answers to Prayer

    A poem by Scott Cairns: Your petitions—though they continue to bear just the one signature—have been duly recorded. Your anxieties—despite their constant,relatively narrow scope and inadvertent entertainment value—nonetheless...

    What Tears Mean

    Every once in a while a great writer describes an experience that you know is universal and is nearly beyond words.  This short reading...

    Who the Meek Are Not

    Mary Karr is an Ignatian-influenced former atheist, recovering alcoholic, and one my favorite poets.  I've written about her before.  This poem is entitled "Who the...

    Great Things Have Happened

    At Mass last Sunday, Dennis Dillon, SJ, ended his homily with this poem by Alden Nowland.   It's titled "Great Things Have Happened." We were...

    Finding God at O’Hare

    In March, my wife and I missed a connection because of congestion at O'Hare airport. We vowed never to fly through O'Hare again if...

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