Category Archives: spirituality

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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Wonder and Gratitude

I recommend the book The Ignatian Spirituality Reader. A friend loaned it to me last summer when I was on retreat and at Creighton studies. From it, here’s a brief summary of the six characteristics of Ignatian spirituality, courtesy of … Continue reading

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Temptation, Call, Love

Eric Immel has a nice post on temptation and the call to love here. It may seem that persons with spouse, children, house, and Oldsmobile have that progression all figured out. But behind the veneer of happy dinner gatherings, and … Continue reading

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The Two Standards

Many of you are familiar with the meditation on the Two Standards in the Spiritual Exercises. Spiritual directors, writers, and guides have used the reflection on soldiering under the banner of Jesus or the devil for centuries. Sometimes, it’s well-adapted … Continue reading

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The Pastoral Approach of Pierre Favre, SJ

Pope Francis declared the first Jesuit priest a saint in 2013. Pierre Favre is one of my favorite Jesuits–another guy who eschewed argumentation and theological fervor in favor of accompaniment, listening, and authentic friendship. His companion Simon Rodrigues said of … Continue reading

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Peter Canisius, SJ

Peter Canisius is one of the saints I admire. I especially appreciate his approach to people of his time who had gone over to Luther. Rome wanted a bit more rigor, but the Dutch Jesuit had a thing with honey … Continue reading

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Continuous Discernment

Our graduation and achievement driven culture might find this concept difficult and alien: continuous discernment. What does that mean? Elizabeth Reardon has a fine post at the Ignatian Spirituality site. Her conclusion resonated with me: I respond to God’s calling … Continue reading

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