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Gifts of the Enneagram

by Mary Noble Garcia Listening to the sacred story of each person who comes to receive spiritual direction has been both privilege and gift.  This gift was given in new ways as I listened to the stories of hundreds of people through my participation in the professional teacher training program with The Narrative Enneagram.  The primary…

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Prayers offered, prayers answered – Reflections from in the Golden Shadow of the Lady with the Lamp

by Susanna Bertelsen In July, my daughter and I visited Ellis Island’s Immigration Museum and viewed Liberty Island from the ferry.  The Museum Research room offered clues and discoveries to the immigration experiences just about 100 years ago, of both my Italian maternal and paternal grandparents. The audio walking tour of the Museum led us…

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“You are not alone, you didn’t cause it, and there is HOPE for RECOVERY!

by Susanna Bertelsen  Decades ago, in the 1980’s, I received a frantic call from my mother in Ohio, who announced over the phone, “Your brother has Schizophrenia. And they put him on Stelazine.”  To say the least, at that time, this family news was both disconcerting and challenging.  Schizophrenia? Stelazine? What did I know about…

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How can I Thank You Enough!

by Liz Kerwin As September approaches I am keenly aware that I will not be returning to Loyola after 35 years of the most blessed and rewarding ministry anyone could hope for.  I am filled with gratitude for all of you whose lives I was privileged to share and encourage over the years.  Thank you. …

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Invitation to Reimagine Compassion

by Susanna Bertelsen “What the world needs now is love, sweet love It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of What the world needs now is love, sweet love No, not just for some, but for everyone.” Where is that “sweet love” today? How might I find it? This popular tune, by songwriters…

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Finding God in Everyday Places: Survivor Tree Resilience Symbolizes Hope

by Susanna Bertelsen Five years ago, I visited the 9/11 Memorial pools at the sight of reconstruction of the tower and memorial park and museum in lower Manhattan, 13 years after the devastating attack on the twin towers of the World Trade center. Amid construction barriers and cranes, I recall how we visitors to the…

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Words Matter

by Kay Vander Vort As I am scheduling spiritual direction sessions for this September after an eight-month absence, I have noticed several people mentioning they are struggling with the divisiveness in our country. The question has come up, "is this an appropriate topic for spiritual Direction?" My answer is a resounding "YES!" I too struggle…

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Painting on a Smaller Canvas

by Tom Allen As I grow older, I am faced with increasing limitations and diminishments, especially as an Alzheimer’s caregiver.  I imagine myself as an artist painting / expressing my life on canvas, and the canvases grow smaller. I imagine God saying to me: “Embrace the limitations and diminishments that have already occurred, and the…

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The Biggest Little Farm

by Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde Summer Rejuvenation: Praying the Examen “For what moment today am I most grateful?” “For what moment today am I least grateful?” -Examen questions from Sleeping with Bread Hyperlink: http://www.paulistpress.com/Products/3579-5/sleeping-with-bread.aspx Image: Cover of Book. It’s Saturday, July 13 -- the 14th week in Ordinary time, according to Fr. James Martin, and I am…

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Striving vs. Alignment

by JoAnn Campbell-Rice I’ve been a transformation junkie most of my life. I have attended retreats and workshops, read uplifting books, and attached myself to mentors since I was a teen. I’ve always had a vision of who I wanted to be, articulated in the children’s book, If Jesus Came to My House, where I…

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