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The title of the prayer is taken from Latin for “receive.” Saint Ignatius placed it in an appendix of sorts to his Spiritual Exercises. Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding and my entire will. All … Continue reading

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Fantastic Composition of Place

I think a priest friend and I once shocked a staff colleague about our experiences in composition of place. You know, right? Placing oneself, with full senses, into the scene with Jesus or a saint. Reflecting on the call of Zacchaeus, … Continue reading

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Show of hands: how many readers are familiar with the colloquy from Ignatian spirituality. There’s a brief description here from John Veltri’s fine book Orientations. I used to find this difficult. My first spiritual director worked through some of this … Continue reading

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Praying About It … Or Something

When I received an offer Friday to join a parish staff, I did what many church people do: I asked for the weekend to pray about it. I hung up the phone and pondered many options. Taking a few hours … Continue reading

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A Link From Cana to Corpus Christi

Many Catholics decline participation in half the Eucharistic feast. It is their choice, formed by many factors. Some logical, like declining to share germs, though most are less squeamish about door handles. Some practical, like taking only the minimal spiritual … Continue reading

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Liam linked to an interesting, but somewhat scattered/brief look at the Benedict Option here. Political philosophy is not my thing. I admit being unschooled in exactly what the BO is–I was thinking it was the meme Small Church Getting Smaller … Continue reading

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Unconditional Gratitude

Gratitude is one of the hallmark qualities of Ignatian spirituality. It is a virtue which does not come easily for me. I had to consciously cultivate it in my early years as a pastoral minister. I learned to say “thank … Continue reading

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