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Tricky Grief

A friend of mine once told me that grief is tricky. It envelops us in emotion when we expect it, like on birthdays and...

Eyes to Serve, Hands to Learn

Remember the 2012 song “Below My Feet” by the British folk-rock band, Mumford and Sons? Released on their second album, Babel, I don’t believe it...

Time to Plant a New Habit

Back when so many of us in this country were farmers, when more of us lived in the country than in cities, we understood...

How Do You Know if You Have Found God?

How do you know if you have “found God” in something, in a moment of your day? For me it is like hitting a hard reset...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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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