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The Desert

by Sheila Laughton. There is an odd attractiveness about a desert, a place so hot or cold that life itself is a struggle. Perhaps it is because you are forced to live in the moment, on guard for the slightest change that signals danger—a raging sand or snow storm, a potentially lethal reptile or just…

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The Other Side of Suffering

by David Rothstein. Lent brings me a heightened awareness of suffering, my own and the world's. Sitting in morning meditation recently, negative thoughts drifted in: this world is truly an exile from the freedom and peace of the spirit world. Thinking of the many limitations and pains of this life, a man I know comes…

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From Ashes, to Incarnation

by Tom Allen. February 10 is Ash Wednesday. It is the day on which Christians remember that from dust we came and to dust we shall return. To be an Alzheimer’s care giver demands finding life while sitting in the ashes. I helped Julie change her clothes. She had on 2 bras and 2 pairs…

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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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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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