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    Pope Benedict XVI has praised the cosmic vision of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the Jesuit scientist and philosopher whose work has been out of favor with the Vatican in years past. Speaking about St. Paul's vision that the...
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    Van Morrison says that his song "Have I Told You Lately that I Love You" is a prayer to God. It's an Ignatian song: its style is conversational, it's full of gratitude, and the lyrics echo the Contemplation...
    I've long disliked "positive thinking" advice. I'm not talking about cultivating an optimistic attitude or imagining a good outcome when you go for a job interview. I mean positive thinking of the Oprah variety--the notion that we create our...
    Optimism is a distinctive note of Ignatian spirituality.  We trust the goodness of God, who is at work in his creation.  As Billy Preston put it: All things are God given And they have all been blessed That's the way God planned...
    Historian John W. O'Malley, SJ, ponders Jesuit worldliness  in a recent article.  He starts with a Jesuit joke, but the "worldliness" of the Jesuits is no joke.  It's real. The decision to operate schools gave the Society a big shove...
    Many sports teams at Catholic universities have chaplains.  You can sometimes catch a glimpse of these men at basketball games.  They are the fellows in black in their Roman collars, hovering the background during timeouts.  Did you ever wonder...
    I recently read an article in which the author argues that suffering is often a necessary part of Ignatian discernment.  A painful situation spurs us on to make a change.  Achieving the spiritual freedom necessary to choose well can...
    America magazine's Books and Culture section looks at Flannery O'Connor and William Paul Young, two writers at opposite ends of the literary quality spectrum. Young, author of the best-selling The Shack, holds up the low-quality end of the scale. ...
    For at least five reasons, says Tim Muldoon of Boston College: it gives  life a clear foundation; it sees God in all things; it shows us how to walk with Christ; it makes sense of suffering; and it hold...

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