Category Archives: spirituality

Pedro Arrupe In Japan

I read a brief biography of Pedro Arrupe in Ronald Modras’ book Ignatian Humanism (reviewed here). His experiences in 1940’s Japan have always moved me when I’ve read, re-read, or pondered them. Father Arrupe was arrested under suspicion of espionage … Continue reading

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You Have Given, O God …

While sorting through things on the parish computer, I found a responsorial prayer I wrote last summer for one of my classes at Creighton. I like the blending of different Scripture passages and after beginning with an idea suggested by … Continue reading

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Let Our Passing Be …

An overlooked song from the St Louis Jesuit catalogue: “May We Praise You.” Even when I was younger, I loved the line from verse two: And when life is done, let our passing be like a birth into light of … Continue reading

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The Heart of Jesus

I noted Sean Salai’s interview of James Kubicki, who heads the Apostleship of Prayer ministry of the Jesuits. In his discussion of the importance of encountering Jesus through his heart, I was drawn to a recollection of an experience from … Continue reading

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A Hole in a Flute

A friend shared this quote from the Sufi poet Hafez: I am a hole in a flute that the Christ’s breath moves through listen to this music. I am not a flute player. But the metaphor here for discipleship is … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Everything Belongs

I’m trying to decide if I should recommend an older book, Richard Rohr’s 1999 effort Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer. On one hand, I got the idea I was reading the transcript of one of his many recordings. … Continue reading

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Saintly Confluences

My wife’s name saint is Anne. Her feast is Sunday, the day before we depart for the West. She is the patron of housewives, as many of you likely know. I didn’t learn until recently that the mother of Mary … Continue reading

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