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Vernal Equinox Reflections: day to day desolations and consolations invites gratitude.

by Susanna Bertelsen On this March 19 first-day-spring, I too am secluded at home with my husband, “social distancing” ourselves from others by avoiding all sorts of venues where people gather. Inconvenient? Yes. Annoying? Often. Frustrating? Most of the time. Fearful? No doubt. Stressed? Absolutely! The news of suffering across the globe on radio, television,…

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Letting Go of “Supposed To”

by JoAnn Campbell-Rice I just finished Elan Mistai’s novel, All Our Wrong Todays about time travel and parallel consciousness, and one of the lines late in the book cracked me open.  Mistai writes that if there’s a point to the book, it’s this: “there’s no such thing as the life you’re supposed to have.” I…

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Lent and COVID-19

by Kay Vander Vort Since I was a child Lent has been a time to focus on some aspect of my life that needs improvement, discipline or at least attention. When I was young I gave up a candy (never made it through the whole 40 days); several years as a young adult I attempted…

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Desert Musings

by Linda Cherek I just returned from a one-month road trip through the Southwest and California.  We saw multiple deserts and were amazed at the variety of desert landscapes.  Spending time in the desert allowed time for me to reflect on Jesus’ moments in the desert, walking his path, and for me to understand more…

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Mortality and What Matters Most

by Nancy Loyd Maybe it’s because I work in hospice that I find the season of Lent to be a beautiful time to not just reflect on Jesus’ death but to contemplate and plan for our own. We start this season each year by hearing the words, “Remember that you are dust and to dust…

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PRAYER SHAWLS: Everyday reminders of God’s love, compassion and mercy.

by Susanna Bertelsen While busy with fall closet cleaning at Loyola, I came across three beautifully knit prayer shawls!  What a pleasant surprise!  Those three shawls immediately raised up in me powerful memories of my own experiences with prayer shawls…warm reminders of how God loves us when we are suffering in mind, body, or spirit.…

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Be Mindful of What You Wish For

by Carolyn Kolovitz There is sometimes (often?) irony to be found in the reflectiveness and goal-setting of January. I rang in the New Year bemoaning how creatively on-fire – to the point of agitation – I was in 2019 for a vision that has met only roadblocks. Then today, I came across my New Year’s 2015 intention to…

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Peace Article

by Karen Treat Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.  John 14:27 Over the years, I have watched as we share the peace at church for many…

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Encounter and Conversation: Dialogue in Ignatian Prayer

by Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde “How do you prepare for a meaningful conversation with a friend?” –Dan Johnson, Spiritual Director When my Loyola colleague Dan Johnson framed his “Simple Prayer” retreat with this essential question, a deep part of me was moved. How do I prepare for a meaningful conversation with a friend? I consider the space…

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Tender Mercy

by Linda Cherek I have been attending many Christmas musical events this season and they have fed my waiting Advent soul.  One Christmas prayer service in particular was profound in its message.   The art on the cover of the program was titled “Tender Mercy” and is done by Robyn Sand Anderson.   Her written words were…

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