Category Archives: Saints

Patris Corde 6a: A Working Father

Pope Francis looks at the working father: An aspect of Saint Joseph that has been emphasized from the time of the first social Encyclical, Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum, is his relation to work. Saint Joseph was a carpenter who earned an … Continue reading

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Ignatius in July, 20 & 21: Frontiers

As a conclusion to the Ignatian Year, I’ve been trying to keep up with a daily essay on something Ignatian. It’s been a busy few days and I fell behind yesterday. Two linked reflections to cover two dates this month. … Continue reading

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Ignatius in July, 18 & 19: Interpretation

Whoops; looks like another slip-up in the conclusion to the Ignatian Year. How do you interpret that? I’m lazy? Slipping in my spiritual disciplines? Harbor a secret skepticism about Jesuits? Let’s look to one of my favorite citations in the … Continue reading

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Ignatius in July, 17: Repetition in Prayer

In his guidebook Orientations, Fr John Veltri discusses the do’s and don’t’s of repetition in prayer. How does this work in one’s daily prayer? Repetition means that I return to those points where I have experienced “greater consolation, desolation or greater … Continue reading

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Ignatius in July, 16: Aging and Dying

Empty nest this week. The young miss is visiting friends in Texas. I feel a bit at a loss. Maybe a bit old too. I don’t recall Saint Ignatius ever writing of an adult child leaving home. Perhaps he or … Continue reading

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Ignatius in July, 15: Roger Boscovich

While researching Jesuit astronomers as a conclusion to the Ignatian Year, I discovered Roger Boscovich, SJ. A wiki-bio is here. He is credited with helping the Vatican’s softened stance on a sun-centered solar system. He also had an engineer’s mind, … Continue reading

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Patris Corde 5d: From Joseph to Jesus

There is a link between the listening, obedient Joseph of the first chapters of Matthew’s Gospel and Jesus’ teaching in the chapter before the Passion. That child would go on to say: “As you did it to one of the … Continue reading

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Ignatius in July, 14: Consolation

People in the spiritual life are often focused on the contrasting states of consolation and desolation. It’s more than a feel good/feel bad dichotomy. For some reason, the fable of the ant and grasshopper comes to mind. Aside from the … Continue reading

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Patris Corde 5c: Protecting Jesus and Mary

Continuing our discussion in section 5 on a creatively courageous father … At the end of every account in which Joseph plays a role, the Gospel tells us that he gets up, takes the child and his mother, and does what … Continue reading

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Ignatius in July, 13: Spelling Bee

As a conclusion to the Ignatian Year, various bloggers and social media-ites are posting regularly if not daily on Ignatian things. For something a bit different, some reminisces about a high school I didn’t want to attend in my hometown. … Continue reading

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Ignatius in July, 12: Morning Offering

Possibly the first Jesuit prayer to which I was ever introduced. It was the longest prayer I memorized in the 6th grade: O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, sufferings of this … Continue reading

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Patris Corde 5b: Creativity in Coming to Jesus

If at times God seems not to help us, surely this does not mean that we have been abandoned, but instead are being trusted to plan, to be creative, and to find solutions ourselves. As always, it takes discernment. Are … Continue reading

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Ignatius in July, 11: Hospitality

As a conclusion to the Ignatian Year, looking at a daily Ignatian aspect here. I was looking for some commonality with today’s saint, another giant in the spiritual life, Benedict of Nursia. Here’s a link to a homily on the … Continue reading

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Ignatius in July, 10: The Examen

This month we mark a conclusion to the Ignatian Year, now just three weeks shy of the founding saint’s feast day. Over the years, I’ve posted now and then on the Ignatian Examen. Here is something different: a video of … Continue reading

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Ignatius in July, 9: Colloquy

It’s a strange-looking word, colloquy. The Jesuit spiritual director John Veltri describes it here. In the Spiritual Exercises, we are encouraged to have a conversation as we sit alone in prayer. It could be Jesus, or one of the saints. … Continue reading

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