Category Archives: spirituality

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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