Reflections from Our Directors
No matter what adversities we encounter, we can always grow spiritually. My spouse Julie was diagnosed at age 57 with Alzheimer’s. She has lived in memory care for the past 7 years. She is now in hospice.
As I contemplate the role of compassion in my life and within the communities where I live and work, I have become acutely aware of the lack of compassion within and around me.
“He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.” – John 9:15
With this new understanding of Sabbath in our daily lives, we can create Sabbath moments that cost nothing, take minimal time away from our day and renew and refresh our spiritual and emotional life and health. Sabbath time can help us notice what is blocking us from waking up.
Each autumn I find myself steeped in memories. With every season, we live with the anticipation knowing God is with us. Even as we enjoy or grieve what has passed, there is hope for the crunch of a fresh Honeycrisp apple, pulling on a favorite sweater, and enjoying the moment at hand as the briskness of the fall settles in.
Savoring the taste of summer can also be a metaphor for savoring moments when we notice we feel the most alive. St Ignatius said, “Whatever you are doing, that which makes you feel the most alive…that is where God is.” If we are open to the gift of all our senses, then we can experience God in a deep and abiding way.
Every summer I begin by hoping I will be refreshed and renewed by the time September rolls around. Yet, with the demands of daily life; with the condition of the world; with work and family, there must be intention in my seeking respite.
People give in many ways. Donations are crucial to a non-profit like Loyola. So, too, are the referrals made to Loyola. Thank You!
“Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be amid these things and still be calm in your heart.”