Category Archives: spirituality

Giving and Taking Away

Aging with grace. That is still ahead of me. I suppose if I continue blogging, you readers will see the aging, and if I’m unfortunate, the gracelessness of that. My wife is almost always too nice to be critical. She … Continue reading

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St Ignatius on Respect

I’ve been reading Joseph Tetlow’s commentary on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola. Part of number 22 reads: Every good Christian is more ready to find a correct meaning in a neighbor’s statement than to reject it as erroneous. If we … Continue reading

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Respect

Three times in the past few hours. I don’t know if that’s serendipity or dumb luck or coincidence. I’ve run across this word today, “respect” in a live conversation, a telephone chat, and online, too. Maybe that’s an urging to … Continue reading

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Persecution

I’m not surprised that Archbishop Rowan Williams is getting some grief from some commentators for his premise that some maturity is needed to bring perspective to Christian so-called persecution in Britain and the US. The retired AofC on the notion … Continue reading

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Doctors and Jewels

Mary Carroll’s article in the Spring 2013 issue of Spiritual Life explores a mash-up of two pieces of personal interest. The four doctors of the church who happen to be women. And as the son of a jeweler, gem stones. Did I … Continue reading

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Gibson Sums The Unsettling

Fifty-plus comments and counting, David Gibson has the biggest commentariat splash I’ve seen at RNS with his summation of the Catholic Right’s unease with the Francis papacy. He quoted Katrina Fernandez: How can I love a Pope who doesn’t even … Continue reading

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Facing Others in Ministry

I was reading an excellent article in the journal Emmanuel by Father Michael L. Gaudoin-Parker. As I was reading “Preaching: Facing the Other: St Peter-Julian Eymard’s Approach” it struck me how apt the notion of facing people serves the deepest … Continue reading

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Holy Cards, Locally Produced

When we commissioned our parish processional crucifix a few years ago, part of the plan was to produce a holy card as well. Our parishioner Mike Lanning did a fantastic job on layout. I love the holy card size with … Continue reading

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Observing St Ignatius

A quick perusal of Jesuit sites will find any number of ways Ignatian devotees are observing the founder’s feast today. Me, I have a nursing home prayer service to lead in less than two hours. Mass tonight with the students. … Continue reading

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From The Abbey, To The Farthest Boundaries

One evening at last week’s retreat, one of the monks opened up the side chapels in the basement of the abbey church for the retreatants to tour. Community artists contributed crucifixes and images of saints for many of the side rooms … Continue reading

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The Denouement of a Retreat

Hello to all. Laundry done this morning: an important post-retreat task. Many thanks to all for your prayers while on retreat. Special thanks to Fran who took time from her own busy life to keep things humming. Great work, my … Continue reading

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On Retreat

Fran takes over the blog as of tomorrow morning. This will be my last post until next weekend. I do have a small stack of document posts waiting in the queue. But your guest host will provide some excellent material in … Continue reading

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Regrets

Every August, the parish produces a publication piece that includes staff member introductions. Often there’s a “gimmick” attached. One year, people had to match our baby pictures with our latest mug shots. In another handout, we were pictured as we … Continue reading

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How Do Arctic Muslims Survive Ramadan?

Good question. In a similar way, it seems, as Muslim astronauts do. Swedish Muslims north of the Arctic circle have a challenge–options, really, in addressing the observance of their holy month. Can they adopt the “time” of Mecca or Medina? … Continue reading

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Worthy Woman At Creighton

I didn’t mention the family’s day trip to Omaha last week. I had intended to blog about it. There were a few humorous bits to share. My spiritual director and I have been discussing a possible continuing shift in ministry. … Continue reading

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