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    It's back to Bob Dylan for this week's Ignatian song.  It's "Every Grain of Sand," one of Dylan's many songs with powerful Biblical imagery. The beauty of this song is in the lyrics.  They depict a man choked by...
    Not "fitting in" is an uncomfortable feeling--and a common one. Sometimes it's a self-inflicted condition, but sometimes the feeling of longing for a home that hasn't arrived yet is the truth of our state. Blogger Lisa Kelly thinks that...
    The goal of Ignatian discernment is to discover where God is active in our lives.  Here is a simple two-step exercise to get started with it. It is adapted from a “spiritual warm-up” developed by Tim Muldoon in his...
    Say You're One of Them, a short story collection by Uwem Akpan, SJ, a Nigerian Jesuit, is Oprah Winfrey's latest pick for her book club.  It's the first time Oprah has chosen a book of short stories (and Fr....
    Responding to God's invitation is a core idea of Ignatian spirituality. We give because we have received. The sublime expression of this is Ignatius' "Suscipe." Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, All...
    NASA has announced that its Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) will strike the Cabeus A crater near the south pole of the moon in early October.  The crater is named for Niccolo Cabeo (1586-1659), a Jesuit...
    Our Ignatian song last week was "Gabriel's Oboe" from the movie "The Mission."  The movie depicts the dramatic story of the Jesuit "reductions" in South America, communities of indigenous people whom the Jesuits protected from the rapacious colonial Spanish. ...
    Fr. Jim Martin, SJ, is sure he did.   He explains why to NPR's Scott Simon.  He also talks about religious humor that goes over the line.
    James Fisher, a professor of history at Fordham, has just published On the Irish Waterfront, the story of the New York/New Jersey waterfront, which was run by the Irish mob for the first half of the 20th century.   A...
    Ruth Sherer Leacock is a songwriter and musician who wrote many songs as a way to preserve her experience of the Spiritual Exercises. She says, "Set it to music, I'll remember it. The emotional power of the melodies coupled...

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