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    Praying Through Suffering

    In his book, The Ignatian Adventure, Kevin O’Brien, SJ, writes: In the third week of the Exercises, Ignatius invites us to consider how Jesus’ divinity...


    A ship may be tossed on the seas, buffeted by storms of every sort. Its crew may be struggling mightily every day simply to...

    Expressing My Love for God

    This post is based on Week Eight of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure.Some of St. Ignatius’s most noted words can be found in one of...
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    Awareness of God in All Things

    This post is based on Week Two of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. My mom and dad are avid gardeners. On many occasions growing up, my...
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    Coping with Spiritual Desolation During the Holidays

    Usually, during November and December, our thoughts turn to gratitude for God’s blessings and preparing our hearts for the coming of hope through the...
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    A Grain of Compassion

    I was preparing to cook rice the other day when some grains overflowed the scoop and fell to the floor. As I reached for...
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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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    Prayer Brings God into the Messy Rooms

    When my son was in third grade, he was asked, “What would you do if you had an hour with Jesus?” Depicted with smiling stick...
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    Prepare for the Holidays with an Afternoon of Prayer

    Today, I issue a challenge. Schedule an afternoon for nothing but prayer. I use the word “prayer” loosely, so don’t panic. And you already know how...
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    An Idea for Meeting New People: What’s Your Story?

    I stand at the door of the dreaded “networking lunch” at a conference. The feeling of isolation sweeps over me. I could make a...