Meet Karen Wight Hoogheem

Meet Karen Wight Hoogheem

For our daughter’s fifteenth birthday, Joel and I purchased three tickets to the Harry Styles concert. We were relieved when the concert, originally scheduled for July 2020, was postponed to September 2021 because of COVID. So, shortly after her sixteenth birthday, my...

Ignatius and Gratitude

Ignatius of Loyola espoused the prayer practice called Examen (reflecting daily on what was life giving and what was life draining).  His own experience taught him that God was present in all things. Gratitude was a natural response to that awareness – and...

Enduring Wisdom

It didn’t take me long to decide what topic I would choose to write about as I join my Loyola colleagues in posting blogs to celebrate the dedicated Ignatian year (May 2021-July 2022 marking the 500th Anniversary of St. Ignatius’ conversion).  Of all the great gifts...

The Ignatian Year and Creativity

“From May 2021 until July 2022, the Society of Jesus celebrates an Ignatian Year.  What is an Ignatian Year? May 20, 2021 marks the 500th anniversary of St. Ignatius’ conversion — that fateful day when Ignatius the soldier, struck by a cannonball, began...

Let There Be Peace…

“Peace is both stillness and movement. It is ceaseless freshness and complete renewal gifted to us in states of prayer, contemplation, nourishing relationships and selfless service, and by embodying courage and conscience.”   James O’Dea I was entering my...
God is Love, so what is Love asking of me?

God is Love, so what is Love asking of me?

Two weeks ago I was at a four-day silent Ignatian retreat for women. For introverts a silent retreat is a brief experience of heaven on earth.  We were all present to and with one another, yet without the spoken word.  I had not been on retreat for myself in...