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    Anna and the Call to Recognize What Is Possible

    Anna (Luke 2:22–24, 36–38) is part of the Christmas story. It’s easy to overlook her among the many characters in Luke’s infancy narrative because...
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    A Week to Consider Mystery

    I’ve never been a huge fan of Halloween—I was one of those children who scared easily and who did not enjoy being scared. But...
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    Three Ways to Recharge in the Summertime

    We can rest and recreate during the summer months, but how about going a step further? How do we recharge ourselves for the months...
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    The Posture of Accompaniment

    I keep posted in my office a note from my husband that includes two phrases: “It’s not about you. Accompany them.” I first discovered this...
    The Ignatian Guide to Forgiveness Lenten Read-Along - text next to hands holding heart image

    Lenten Read-Along: Why Should We Have a Resting Point in Our Process of Forgiveness?

    I imagine that we all have different styles for processing feelings, ranging from total avoidance to sorting through them deliberately and slowly to wanting...
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    Thoughts for January 1

    This is the octave day of Christmas, dedicated as a solemnity to Mary, the Holy Mother of God. The Gospel invites us to join...
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    Pandemic Blessings for the Church

    “We’re driving the car while building it,” the old saying goes. It’s true of our pandemic times. We’re teaching one another how to use...
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    Stopping to Rest

    When I am feeling under pressure, taking on too many projects, and not sleeping well, Psalm 62 gathers me in. I repeat the words...
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    A God Who Labors

    There is a life-size crucifix I once saw in a church in Germany, ordinary except for the fact that—a casualty of war—the body of...
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    A Magnificent World

    My backyard is currently a mix of broken kiddie pools, pieces of random toys, lots of mud, and so very many plastic cups. You can...