Category Archives: spirituality

“In The Dark”

I will admit my fifth week of online Ignatian retreat isn’t going well in the sense of warm interior feelings and such. The reflection on sin is disturbing in any situation. I felt completely thrown for a loop with more … Continue reading

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Home and Reflecting

We were told the MRI would run about an hour, maybe ninety minutes. Every medical check-up we’ve ever had with the young miss has been good news. And there’s not much that can go wrong in magnetic resonance imaging. After … Continue reading

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Light Posting For a Few Days

You readers may get a few posts tomorrow. Maybe not. Maybe nothing till Wednesday night. I was doing most of my internet work from bed today–due to a combination of a head cold and fall allergies. I have a few … Continue reading

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Using the Examen to Reflect on Music Ministry

One of the great graces of campus ministry is mentoring young student leaders. Recently, one of them was describing concern over a (perceived) character flaw that seemed to be an obstacle to effective ministry. I suggested adapting the Ignatian Examen. … Continue reading

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Of Self-Hatred

Maybe this is an old piece of vocabulary that doesn’t translate well: hatred of self. Peter Kwasniewski at NLM: Why were the character of the Lenten collects and postcommunions so radically altered away from the constant theme of detachment from the … Continue reading

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Modern Catholic Mysticism

A few related threads from different sources in the blogosphere caught my attention today. This essay that follows doesn’t have a clear conclusion, really. It’s more an unfinished line of thought. So if you readers have more to add, to refine, feel free. … Continue reading

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Spiritual Over Speculative

In the second week of the online Ignatian retreat, we are advised to probe more deeply into our stories of faith. It has been a rich experience thus far, unearthing old episodes in my life and looking a bit more … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Strange Gods

Most often, I meet authors through their books, and them amble over to their web sites or blogs. More rarely do I read a book by someone I’ve known first as a blogger. Elizabeth Scalia’s Strange Gods is featured in … Continue reading

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Field Work

I’ve commented for print elsewhere about the nods to liturgy in the Pope Francis interview. I think I’ll look at one section of the piece that shows a preference for field work over the laboratory. The three key words that … Continue reading

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Online Retreat, Day 5, These Gifts

The plan for the first week of the Ignatian online retreat is to page through my life as if it were a photo album. Sometimes it has been more like a soundtrack. Yesterday, an unpublished song by my friend Mike … Continue reading

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No Gossip

In the first week of this online retreat, we are called to consider our life’s stories. I was thinking back to many memories of the days before I was baptized (at age 11), but one that stood out a little … Continue reading

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Voyager 1 At The Boundaries

David Gibson at RNS writes: Voyager 1 has left the solar system. This is pretty awesome, in the true sense of that shopworn word. Has anyone parsed the theology of this moment? Is there one? I wish there were. Let … Continue reading

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Online 34 Weeks

As part of the preparation for my Christian Spirituality studies next summer, I’m committing to this online Ignatian retreat. I may share some reflections coming off this retreat. More or less. Long-time readers know that while I’m not hesitant about … Continue reading

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On Envy

On the heels of Cardinal Bertone’s “crows and vipers” remark about Vatican gossip, Pope Francis hits hard with a homily about “gossip that kills.” The Church has always been especially vulnerable to envy. Envy’s prime expression in people is usually gossip, the … Continue reading

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Praying For The Dead

On the 2 Maccabees thread, my friend Dick Martin is hard at work trying to convince that praying for the dead is wrong. He’s done his research on Catholicism, and has a passel of quotes from Scripture. But his case … Continue reading

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