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    Humility in Lent

    This Lent, I have been reflecting and praying about humility. As a concept, humility is simple: thinking that no one else is any better...
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    Darth Vader and the First Week of the Spiritual Exercises

    This post is based on Week Three of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. There’s a scene in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi that neatly sums...
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    Rigid or Rearranged?

    This post is based on Week One of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. My collection of Star Wars LEGO sets has increased about 400%—an unintended, though...
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    Three Types of People Revisited

    In the Spiritual Exercises there is a meditation on “three types of people.” I think we are misled, though, by Ignatius naming these people...
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    The Great Commandment

    St. Ignatius begins the Spiritual Exercises with the essential principle that God’s love is unconditional. Adding two words, “for me,” made it intensely personal....
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    The Mystery of the Incarnation

    In the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, retreatants imagine the mystery of the Incarnation. They take time to picture the Trinity looking over...
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    Gratitude and the Spiritual Exercises

    Gratitude is at the heart of prayer and thus is central to Ignatian spirituality. For example, in praying the Examen, I begin with placing myself...
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    A Quiet Miracle

    “May you take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention.” —John O’Donohue I recently began the Fourth Week of the Spiritual Exercises...
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    Autumn Panic

    I was a city kid until I moved to rural Vermont in 1979, where even now there are more trees than people. The northeast...
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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...

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