Category Archives: spirituality

Forming New Generations

The Holy Father had some footnotes for his synod-concluding speech. The last one was an acrostic reflection on “FAMIGLIA,” or Italian for family, as you know. One a day for the coming eight days, leading off with F for “Forming … Continue reading

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Not A Straight Line

I was struck by a story Archbishop Cupich realted in his press conference. It reads: There was a priest who told me some years ago that he was doing a funeral a young man who had committed suicide. He was … Continue reading

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Looking For Ignatian Threads

Katherine asked about America‘s interview with R. R. Reno, theologian, editor, and occasional culture warrior. I realize there is little sympathy here for this writer; I’m interested in the accuracy of his reading of Jesuits. He is a brother Catholic, … Continue reading

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Cor Ad Cor …

I missed the observance of Cardinal Newman whose feast day was yesterday. I suppose that means I’m not on campus anymore. As I was reviewing some internet articles on the observance earlier this morning, I found a funny thing, repeated … Continue reading

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The Impulse of Discernment

I remember that British politician who stepped down from Parliament after an Ignatian retreat. Did John Boehner have a similar moment? Pope Francis did speak of the fractiousness of politics yesterday. Mr Boehner had a good enough seat to look … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on Thomas Merton

Pope Francis addressed Congress and all of the United States earlier today. I laud House Speaker Boehner for this initiative. The Holy Father lauded Thomas Merton for his “capacity for dialogue and openness to God” as well as his “contemplative … Continue reading

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Sin, Confess, Repeat

Fr Jack Feehily at PrayTell commented on religious fundamentalism. I was struck by his experience: I’ve heard and made countless confessions over 42 years, my repentance was often woefully imperfect or even absent … confessing the same sins over and … Continue reading

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