Category Archives: spirituality

Option?

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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Petitioning God

How do we ask things of God? On his comment a bit earlier tonight Max asked: I’m not angry. I’m not the one with power. I’m not (G)od. I can’t do anything to intercede on an attack on innocent children. If … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on Spiritual Direction

CNS had a feature with a hodgepodge of Pope Francis answering questions, but his comments on spiritual direction caught my attention: In the other diocese I had, I always asked the sisters who came to me asking advice, ‘But tell … Continue reading

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In Between

Fr Francis X. Clooney has a thoughtful essay at America‘s blog. Living in and serving an academic community, I can certainly relate. Our students had their finals last week, and with summer term beginning tomorrow, the city and campus have … Continue reading

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No Dread, No Fear

At a job interview last month, one of the committee asked me for one-word answers to two final questions. What can you offer us, he asked. The other question was, “What can we offer you?” I don’t know what put … Continue reading

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Leisure, A Good Form of Penance?

John Veltri’s classic manual for spiritual direction, Orientations, is available online here. One of his brief essays that some of our culture might find challenging asks the question above. After our last big campus ministry event of the year, I … Continue reading

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