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Spiral Dynamics

by Catherine Michaud, CSJ. Preparing for my January 9 program at Loyola titled, “Faith Stages and the Spiritual Life,” I discovered SPIRAL DYNAMICS®, a program that provides a framework for understanding the “process of human emergence and how living systems evolve, grow and change” (spiraldynamics.org). It provides a means for “tracking the evolution of worldviews…

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Avantouinti

by Mary Noble Garcia. The thermometer read -10 degrees. We had just finished cross country skiing and decided to head to the sauna. The biggest question of the weekend remained—would we jump through the ice hole into the lake? As we warmed up in the sauna, the women who had jumped in already began to…

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Advent Haiku

by Liz Kerwin, CSJ. Please slow down your pace Now notice all around you Wait, watch and welcome Advent calls us to wait expectantly for the one who brings peace, and also to recognize the presence of the One already here among us. At least it invites us to slow down and be aware, to…

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Waiting, In God’s Presence

by Karen Treat “How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith. Now may our God and Father…

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A Taste of Healing of Memories Workshop

by Sheila Laughton Twelve participants gathered at Loyola on a Saturday afternoon to delve into some of their most poignant memories to experience a “taste” of the residential 3-day Healing of Memories Workshop. While this group’s ultimate goal was to determine if the workshop would be appropriate for their clients, it wasn’t just an academic…

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Buried Treasure

by Kay Vander Vort The thought of moving gave me a headache every time I looked at my basement clutter and loaded bookshelves. But, I had an interested buyer for my town house, which coincided with my need to downsize, so I did what I always do when I am faced with a dilemma –…

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Discerning Choices When The Stakes Are High

Discerning Choices When The Stakes Are High By Tom Allen Well, I have moved my wife, Julie, into a memory care community. (She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at age 57. She is now 63.) It is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I used to feel that the older I got, the…

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How Do We Learn Awe?

by David Rothstein Thinking about my upcoming Nature Retreat, the question came to me: When did I first experience a sense of awe? Looking back, it wasn’t in my childhood; it was in my teen years, and that is woefully late to experience awe, I think. I remember a beautiful summer day on the farm…

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Group Spiritual Direction: Remembering Who We Are

Group Spiritual Direction: Remembering Who We Are Mary Noble Garcia We had just finished our fourth session together in our listening circle, a form of group spiritual direction. I became aware that it was a sacred moment, for we had spiraled down to a place of deeper meaning as participants shared: “That was a helpful…

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St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Spirituality for Today

St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Spirituality for Today Catherine Michaud, CSJ As a member of the Society of Jesus founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola and the first Jesuit Pope, Pope Francis has raised the world’s interest in the spirituality of the Jesuits and its founder. Many are wondering what Pope Francis, the Jesuit, believes about…

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