Category Archives: spirituality

On My Bookshelf: Radical Hospitality

Lonni Collins Pratt and Fr. Daniel Homan, a Benedictine monk collaborated on the fine book Radical Hospitality: Benedict’s Way of Love. One of my parishioners recommended it to me months ago, and it finally made it to my bookshelf last … Continue reading

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Noticing

I do recommend Charles’ post on Robin Williams–there’s not too much Bill O’Reilly–really. I like the reflections there. I haven’t read too many others. The young miss, I think I mentioned, broke the news to me, and commented on how … Continue reading

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Bishops On Retreat

The farthest I’ve ever traveled to go on retreat was about 2,000 miles. For the Spiritual Life Institute, it was either there or Nova Scotia, about a thousand miles in another direction. Every other time, it’s within a day’s drive … Continue reading

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Shift To Beatitudes

Hey! That Pope Francis snitched my idea! Truth be told, he just expanded on it. dotCommonweal’s David Cloutier reflected on it a but more deeply: While this teaching is likely to get far less press that his statements on hot-button … Continue reading

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Ignatius of Loyola, Writing Mentor

Regarding Ignatius’ letter to Pierre Favre, this is the last attempt to link what he told other Jesuits about writing and what we might deduce he would say about blogging. Get better at it, and love it: I exhort you, … Continue reading

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Ignatius of Loyola: Some Blogging Advice

As I mentioned yesterday, I stumbled across Ignatius’ letter to Pierre Favre, and it struck me for the lessons it contained for bloggers and blogging. In telling why he wrote so many letters, Ignatius wrote: It helps keep me from making … Continue reading

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Would Ignatius of Loyola Have Blogged?

Ignatian websites all over have finished celebrating their month, culminating in  Thursday’s feast day. While my internet Ignatian-oriented friends are recovering and resting, maybe I can pick up some small slack. Ignatius geeks know the man was a ceaseless writer. Some … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on Creativity IV: Dialogue

In his Saturday meeting last weekend with priests from the diocese of Caserta, Pope Francis spoke of creativity. He rambled a bit, but his final destination brought us to a reflection on dialogue, and rested again on creativity. In the contemporary … Continue reading

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Ron Hansen @ America

America intern Sean Salai has a nice brief interview of one of my favorite Catholic writers here. On Jesuit influence in his life: I pretty much hated school until I encountered Jesuit teaching in high school, I learned to love … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on Creativity III: On Transcendence

In his Saturday meeting with priests from the diocese of Caserta, Pope Francis moves from creativity to transcendence. But he begins with simple relationships with others: But there is also another transcendence: opening oneself up to others, to one’s neighbor. … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on Creativity II

In his meeting last Saturday with priests from the diocese of Caserta, Pope Francis shared that he finds creativity in prayer. In fact, he describes it as essential. People who do not pray have shut themselves off. Most would complete … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on Creativity I

In his Saturday meeting with priests from the diocese of Caserta, the Holy Father picked up on a priest’s use of the word “creativity” in his comment. Pope Francis’ response was long, and it meanders a good bit, but it … Continue reading

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Examen for a Wedding Day

I played a wedding Saturday. I was at church early to get my usual Saturday duties out of the way. Looking for a few moments to practice a few classical pieces on my palette, the nave was largely bustling with … Continue reading

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Confirmation Fast

The 2014 edition of Worship includes yet another examination of the sacrament of Confirmation. Timothy Brunk looks at “The Sacrament of Confirmation in a Consumer Culture.” It pushes the idea of a return to a traditional order of the initiation … Continue reading

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As A Bird

One of the challenges this past year in my experience with the Spiritual Exercises in daily life involved the use of imagination. When I was younger–mid-twenties–I found it easier to place myself in the picture with the Lord. This past … Continue reading

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