Category Archives: spirituality

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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On My Bookshelf: Close to the Heart

Margaret Silf, the English author and spiritual director, has a loyal following among those steeped in Ignatian spirituality. And no surprise: she is in demand as a retreat director and workshop speaker. From what I’ve read of her prose, I’ve … Continue reading

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Making Apologies and Amends

Two things I noticed in recent news. First, a rather uncharacteristic apology from a celebrity. Why uncharacteristic? Not because of the man giving it. I noticed the refreshingly direct language: I deeply regret … I apologize … I vow … … Continue reading

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On Fear: An Ignatian Meditation

Pope Francis preaching to archbishops: Yes, the Lord liberates us from every fear and from all that enslaves us, so that we can be truly free. Today’s liturgical celebration expresses this truth well in the refrain of the Responsorial Psalm: … Continue reading

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Giving Up Everything

The young miss is not as much of a music hound as I am. We have a few overlaps in what we like. I still haven’t got Raising Sand back from her. Natalie Merchant’s Tigerlily is also at the bottom of her room … Continue reading

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A Letter To Ordinands

In class today, our prof shared with us Michael Buckley’s letter to ordinands. It’s ordination season, and perhaps you are fortunate to know a newly minted sacramental priest or two. There is a practice among us Americans, common and obvious … Continue reading

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From Music?

A few of my Omaha friends have introduced me as their “former choir director” from Ames. I feel pleased with their regard for me, but in fact, I haven’t ever been in a situation of being a music director in … Continue reading

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Finding the Trinity at Playland

When I was a little girl, my father, loved to take us to a local amusement park, Playland. This old fashioned park was shown to the world in the Tom Hanks movie, Big. I can easily recall the excitement of … Continue reading

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Leave Off That Last Bookend?

I have three-plus chapters to read for homework tonight, so I’m not going to get deeply theological. But while I was on retreat last week, something occurred to me. I wonder if you’ve noticed it, or done something with it. … Continue reading

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Knowing Christ

The students have “WNL” (Wednesday Night Liturgy) weekly during the summer session. Tonight they did Lectio Divina, and naturally, I could not stay away. (I had some last-minute packing up in my office to boot.) The Scripture they gave was … Continue reading

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Mini-Sabbatical Coming Up

I can hardly believe it is nearly time for me to take a five-week leave of Ames, Iowa and the parish and student center where I serve. Thanks to generous grants from the archdiocese and from an endowment set up … Continue reading

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Is Conscious Evolution A Heresy?

In the musical Hair, and so marvelously sung by the Fifth Dimension, there was that hope expressed that some new age will arrive and … Then peace will guide the planetsAnd love will steer the stars … Harmony and understandingSympathy and trust … Continue reading

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Confirmation Names

An interesting discussion unfolds this week at PrayTell on the practice of taking a confirmation name. For the purpose of full disclosure, I admit I have such a name. I also admit that I didn’t discourage the young miss when … Continue reading

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