Category Archives: spirituality

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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A Discussion of the Principle and Foundation and Its Relationship to Three Meditations

Introductory note: I wrote this paper last summer during my studies at Creighton University for the course Introduction to the Spiritual Exercises. I reproduce it with a few edits. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I … Continue reading

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Presupposition

One of the principles of the Spiritual Exercises made it unvarnished into the Catechism (2478). It is rather an anti-principle of the internet, where often enough, the worst possible interpretation is placed on a person (they are a felon, a … Continue reading

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The Examen Adapted

Saint Ignatius was ever adapting his Spiritual Exercises to the particular needs of those under his direction. He knew some people were ready for the full experience. Others would benefit from so much, but not more. For the students I’ve … Continue reading

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Lead and Guide

The Jesuit Jim Manney considers the song “Lead Me, Guide Me” as exemplary of Ignatian spirituality. I didn’t think of it that way at first. I admit to skepticism on it. The director who worked with me on the children’s … Continue reading

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The Star and Compassion

Do any of you readers know Arthur C. Clarke’s short story “The Star”? A Jesuit priest is troubled by the discovery that the Star of Bethlehem was a supernova that destroyed a civilization. He asks his God: … there were so … Continue reading

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