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Reflections from the Heartland of the Reformation… and Beyond

By Susanna Bertelsen In late July, 2017, my husband and I went to Germany to visit the “Lutherstadts” or the historical sites of Martin Luther and the Reformation.  We saw Eiseleben, his birth and childhood home, where he grew up in a family of affluence, (his father owned a mining company) and began reluctantly to…

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Tapping into Divine Love Through Turbulent Times

By Carolyn Kolovitz How do we become increasingly grounded in Divine Love while chaotic hatred marches in our streets, flows from our TV and internet screens, and hides in plain sight in our own neighborhoods? As spiritual seekers, we may share a vision of embodying compassion as modeled by Jesus, but the paths to that…

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Practicing the Presence of God: Holy Imagination

by Tom Allen Richard Rohr contends that our post- modern secular culture has forgotten how to experience an “enchanted” world. We can choose to live in the reality that all of life is sacred.  Our imaginations are a resource. Walking down the street, relishing the growth and colors, I begin to imagine that I am…

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Dancing from “Goodbye” to “Hello!”

By Susanna Bertelsen June 1, 2017 will be remembered by me as an extraordinary day.  I attended my first staff meeting at Loyola Spirituality Center in St. Paul with a warm welcome into their vibrant community of Spiritual Directors.  Later in the afternoon that same day, I joined my classmates at St. Catherine University in…

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Celebrating Summer Solstice and Joining Loyola

By Carolyn Kolovitz It is the week of Summer Solstice, and during these long days of the summer sun I am celebrating joining Loyola and its wonderful team of spiritual directors. I’m thrilled to be working here and I’m bringing this joy with me into my summer fun activities. The Creator speaks to us through…

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Breath of God

by Karen Treat Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit”.  John 20: 21-22 I have reflected on this verse with many people over the past couple…

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Jubilee: A Season of Celebration

By Joanne Dehmer, SSND In the book of Leviticus, a Jubilee year is mentioned every 50th year. It was a time of joy, a time to reflect on the past and celebrate God’s presence. The tradition of celebrating Jubilees grew in Christianity and today we as women religious celebrate Jubilees at significant times such as…

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Time-Out to Remember

by Mary Noble Garcia Not long ago I decided to put myself in time-out.  I drew from wisdom learned almost two decades earlier. I had been home all day with my three-year-old son. He had perceptively pushed every one of my buttons.  I felt overwhelmed and exhausted.  I needed to take action—to try something new. …

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Springtime of the Soul

by Liz Kerwin. Lent is called the Springtime of the Soul, and although Lent is almost over, spring is just getting a good start. In spring we experience increasing light. Plants and trees are beginning to sprout with new life. We think of planting seeds. We also might think of spring housecleaning. What does any…

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What Can I Bring to Spiritual Direction?

by JoAnn Campbell-Rice At a recent poetry workshop with Naomi Shihab Nye, I became aware of what I love so much about this artist—she finds poetry everywhere, and she shares it enthusiastically with her audience. It’s enlivening being in her presence. So too, as spiritual seekers, we can find the sacred in everything, and sharing…

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