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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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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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