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    Minding Our Thought Patterns

    In St. Ignatius’s second set of rules for discernment—the rules pertaining to more subtle discernment, what we might call advanced discernment—he addresses, in rules...
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    Following the Spirit’s Lead in Communal Discernment

    We all suddenly paused in the middle of our meeting. I looked around and could sense that others felt what I was noticing: the...
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    Living with Unexpected Change

    “Living with unexpected change” describes the life of just about everybody I know. A marriage hits hard times thanks to extended illness or unemployment....
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    What’s the Real Problem I Am Trying to Solve?

    One of my most challenging classes freshman year in college was physics. I remember going through class after class being completely perplexed as the...
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    Six Characteristics of Ignatian Courage

    In response to a college admission essay prompt of, “What is the most courageous thing you have ever done?” one high school senior used...
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    Resumé and Eulogy Virtues

    Last month, I attended an online funeral held for William Barry, SJ, a well-known Jesuit spiritual director and author who recently went home to...
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    St. Ignatius’s Model of Contemplative Leadership

    St. Ignatius Loyola offers us a model of contemplative leadership, as shown in the following ten characteristics of leaders. Contemplative leaders… See the real. Ignatius invites...
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    When I Feel the Ground Disappearing Beneath Me

    One evening in early August, I stood in my kitchen in front of three open lunch boxes, feeling anxiety welling up in me. In...
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    Driving in the Fourth Week

    I swore I would never get a vanity license plate. But then I did. I can’t exactly say it came from deep prayer and...
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    Discernment in Times of Injustice

    Ignatian approaches to discernment are sometimes posed in terms of life choices, such as which vocation we might choose or if a particular job...