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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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Memorial Day Reflection

Memorial Day Reflection by Suzanne VanderWeyst This year, Memorial Day falls on the Monday after Pentecost Sunday. Recently, I sat for a few hours contemplating these two days of commemoration. One is a solemn day, commemorating the lives of men and women who died in any war or military action since the Civil War. The…

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In an Instant…

In an Instant... Sheila Laughton A single event can radically change our entire perspective—or not. We decide. I was working on this blog article late at night, intending to compare our relationship with God with knitting—just one stitch (prayer) at a time, etc., but a phone call from my Army son interrupted. “Mom,” he said,…

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Why I Can’t Meditate

Why I Can’t Meditate David Rothstein People often struggle with meditation, feeling they just can’t do it. But why? Here are five things I’ve noticed in my practice. I believe meditation is life changing and world changing. So it is worthwhile examining our reasons for resistance, if we are feeling drawn to it. There is…

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Awake, Aware, and Intentional

Awake, Aware, and Intentional Nancy Loyd Years ago I had an experience in which I heard the words “wake up” ring through my entire body. It was as if God was throwing cold water on every cell of my being to get my attention. In that moment I realized that I had been sleepwalking through…

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Tutored in Wisdom

Tutored in Wisdom By JoAnn Campbell-Rice Yesterday at my desk at home, futzing with my computer, I glanced out the window. On the peak of our shed at the property line was a large brown animal. Was it a cat? It had pointed ears and turned its head as if to lick its shoulder. But…

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Does God Really Care If I Get A Parking Space? Discernment in Daily Life

Does God Really Care If I Get A Parking Space? Discernment in Daily Life Tom Allen Should we pray for a parking space? Does God really care? Hmmmm.... If I am anxiously looking for one and I pray for and experience peace, is the parking spot relevant? If I race around the lot to get…

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Threshold Experiences

Threshold Experiences Joanne Dehmer SSND Once again as 2015 began, there was much written and spoken about New Year resolutions and all the desires people hold for change in their lives, in the life of one they love or in the world in need of change. This same kind of desire also happens at a…

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