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    No matter how pure our motives and how flawless our discernment process, we depend on God's grace ultimately to help us make not only good choices, but the best ones. We count on God's grace as we examine our hearts....
    Fr. Joseph Tetlow, SJ, responds to the question, “How does God get our attention?” He explains these points in the video: Attention involves the whole person. God deals with each one of us personally and individually. God gets our attention...
    We made our way through the crowded theater, spotting our seats in the center of a row already filled with people. Not wanting to make everyone stand up to make a way for us, we decided to walk through...
    A professor in my Ignatian Spirituality class told us about a man who prayed, asking God to take away his resentment at a relative, without success. The professor said, “Show me how you pray.” The man, looking very fervent,...
    Job, we are told, was a righteous man, graced by God with all manner of blessing. But when Satan struck a wager with God that he could make Job curse God, a rash of calamities befalls Job. He loses...
    Each week, my junior high-school math teacher had us write a note to ourselves at the top of our class notebooks. Dear Me, Lord willing, Test on Friday. Every instruction about the future was prefaced with those words, “Lord willing.” We, students, laughed...
    My mother-in-law passed away several months ago, and now my husband and his siblings are going through the arduous task of sorting through her belongings. My in-laws had six children and kept each report card, poorly colored picture, toddler...
    We all know people like the princess who couldn’t sleep because of a pea under her many mattresses. Mary Abrahamsohn was the opposite of that. To me it seemed there were days when her glass had only a few drops...
    I had been watching too many of those romantic European period pieces, the ones where the ball is the make-or-break moment of the whole movie. Somehow the courting couple has the most intimate conversation of their lives while switching...
    This past summer, my area experienced a long drought. On my summer retreat, the usually lush grass was parched, the lilacs looked wilted, and the level of the pond was lower than any other year that I could remember....

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