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    Spiritual Exercises

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    The Ignatian Adventure in Oklahoma City

    On February 17, 2017, hundreds of faithful in Oklahoma participated in a spiritual enrichment day titled “The Graces of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint...
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    Feeling the Joy with Jesus

    A few years ago, a friend gave me some prints of the Laughing Jesus painting. When I saw it, I immediately started laughing. I...
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    What Is an Unhealthy Attachment?

    People who are familiar with St. Ignatius, the Spiritual Exercises, or Jesuit spirituality in general will sometimes use the term unhealthy attachment. What is...
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    The Purpose of Ignatian Repetition

    Howard Gray, SJ, explains why much of the prayer in the Spiritual Exercises is repetition—multiple meditations on the same subjects or Scripture passages.The repetitions...
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    Practice, Love

    I'd like to propose a juxtaposition of two ideas that emerge from the Spiritual Exercises: practice and love. Without getting into too much insider...
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    Andrew Garfield on the Spiritual Exercises

    Martin Scorsese’s film Silence has its widespread release today. America magazine has an excellent interview with star Andrew Garfield on his experience doing the...
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    What Will Be Your Focus in the New Year?

    Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Two common ones involve getting in shape or making a commitment to deepen one’s prayer life. Former catechetical...
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    The 19th Annotation: What Is It, and What Can You Expect?

    You may have heard of the 19th annotation in regard to prayer retreats or the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Simply put, the 19th...
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    The Ignatian Take on the Christian Journey

    The Exercises represent a kind of spiritual journey, as they invite the one who makes them to consider the foundational truths of Christian life:...
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    Positive Intent

    Educator Laura Thomas was at a meeting in which they started by outlining expectations. One caught her by surprise: “Assume positive intent.” I was drawn...

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