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    Spiritual Exercises

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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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    Noticing My Stumbling Blocks

    This post is based on Week Three of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. For five years I volunteered at the county jail, where I took a...
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    Writing Spiritual Autobiography as It Relates to the Spiritual Exercises, Part 2

    In terms of the Spiritual Exercises, one critical goal of writing a spiritual autobiography is to recognize God’s action in our past: God’s presence,...
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    Every year for the past few years, I have chosen a word of the year. I do not have an elaborate process for choosing...
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    Writing Spiritual Autobiography as It Relates to the Spiritual Exercises, Part 1

    St. Ignatius understood the importance of reviewing one’s life when he built this practice into the Spiritual Exercises centuries ago. His emphasis was to...
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    The Contemplation on the Incarnation and Advent

    The Second Week of the Spiritual Exercises begins with a Contemplation on the Incarnation (SE 101–109). The graces we pray for with this meditation...