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Where are YOU in the Sacred Stories of Advent?

by Carolyn Kolovitz When I was a little girl, my December ritual was to sit alone in our living room beside the twinkling tree lights and imagine myself into the coffee table manger scene. I visualized myself with the shepherds underneath a Bethlehem sky full of angels until the angels and the tiny God lying…

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Ignatian Contemplation this Advent

by Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde “Contemplating a [Biblical] scene is not simply remembering it or going back in time. Through the act of contemplation, the Holy Spirit makes present a mystery of [God’s Love] in a way that is meaningful for [us] now.” – Fr. Kevin O’Brien, SJ  The Ignatian Adventure: Experiencing the Spiritual Exercises of St.…

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Grief and the Holidays

by Linda Cherek It is that time of year again and Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year are fast approaching.  When someone you love dies the future you thought you were going to have with your loved one is gone as suddenly as his or her life is done.  Throughout the year there are other…

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Invitation to Sit

by Karen Treat But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by…

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Inviting Our Children and Grandchildren into the Spirit

(photo: Philippe Wojazer / Reuters via nbc news) by Carolyn Kolovitz( Last April, famed scientist Jane Goodall recalled a transformative moment she had in Notre Dame cathedral: light streaming through the Rose Window, Bach filling the vastness. “How could I believe it was the chance gyrations of primeval dust that led to…the collective inspiration and…

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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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