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    Healthy Friendship with Jesus

    Have you ever wondered if your friendship with Jesus is a healthy one? I’m not sure if I ever considered this particular question before. Of...
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    Responding to Conflict

    Ignatius invites us to focus continually on the person of Jesus and to follow his way; he is the one who becomes fully human,...
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    Prayer Is Like a Water Bottle

    In my holiday travels I learned about prayer at an airport while refilling my water bottle at one of those automatic dispensers on a...
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    A Blanket Surprise

    This year, as Advent began, I wasn’t feeling ready. I just couldn’t get into the spirit of Advent. I talked with my spiritual director about...
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    Getting in Shape

    I am not a sporty person. Bookish—yes. The kind of person who sings to musicals—yes. I was the kid with asthma and the one...
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    Grace at Rock Bottom

    When I converted to Catholicism 15 years ago, a family friend mailed me a copy of The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor with a...
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    Health, Memories, and the Spiritual Life

    What do inflammation, memory, and spirituality have in common? Quite a bit. Inflammation is our body’s attempt to protect itself from invading pathogens. For example,...
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    St. Paul and the Call to Adapt to Radical Change

    Paul had an extraordinarily active life. It’s exhausting just to read about his missionary journeys: the many times he was shipwrecked, persecuted, imprisoned, and...
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    Lenten Read-Along: Room for One More

    At the heart of the Irish expression, céad míle fáilte, meaning “a hundred thousand welcomes,” is the understanding that each person that we meet...
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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...