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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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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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