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    Spiritual Exercises

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    Challenge and the Meditation on Two Standards

    A central meditation in St. Ignatius’s Spiritual Exercises is that of the Two Standards, in which retreatants are to imagine two armies on a...
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    One Particular Cat and the Resurrection

    This post is based on Week Eight of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. I don’t like cats. We never had a cat growing up. We were all...
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    The Sorrow Christ Endured for Me

    This post is based on Week Seven of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. I never seemed to have enough bug spray in Bolivia. Not that it...
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    Princess Parties and the Call of Christ the King

    This post is based on Week Five of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. “Today is Snow White’s birthday.” This, out of the blue, unprompted, and in...
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    Our Presence Is Enough

    This post is based on Week Four of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. We had only been home for a handful of hours. We were groggy...
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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....