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Easter Rocked with Fear and Great Joy

by Karen Treat 8 So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them and said, "Greetings!" And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. -Matthew 28: 8-9 Happy Easter!  He is risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Halleluiah!…

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The Examen helps us look for God’s presence

by Barbara Leonard Dear readers, I am writing to remind you of the Examen, that crucial daily prayer Ignatius said never to neglect.  This is an important time to rekindle the Examen in your daily life or begin it for the first time. Staying centered in body, mind and spirit is difficult as we experience…

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Holy Week during a Pandemic

by Linda Cherek We have all been living an extended Good Friday through the challenges of the Coronovirus with all the fear and uncertainty and a myriad of additional emotional responses to it.  We have watched people’s income be significantly impacted, we have additional concern for the poor and disenfranchised and we worry about ourselves…

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The Presence of God…in uncertain times

by Karen Treat Gospel John 11:39-45.  39 Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days." 40 Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory…

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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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