Category Archives: spirituality

On My Bookshelf: Discovering Your Dream

A staff colleague recommended this book, subtitled “How Ignatian Spirituality Can Guide Your Life.” I had a four-week course on the Spiritual Exercises last summer. Jesuit Gerald Fagin’s book won’t take you that long to read–you’ll get a good summary and … Continue reading

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Money: Fr Frank’s Banana Peel?

A conflation of two headlines … First, Fr Frank Pavone is on the hot seat with his fourth bishop. Second, Pope Francis raises concern with his banana peel statement: And sometimes, I confess something to you, when I have seen … Continue reading

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Thomas Merton on Charity

Too often Christian charity is understood in an entirely superficial way, as though it were no more than gentleness, kindness, and affability. It certainly includes all these things, but it goes far beyond them. Thus Thomas Merton begins an essay … Continue reading

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Merton and Gratitude

Not being a Jesuit, I can stray afield from Ignatian spirituality somewhat at will. I find I often return to that kindred restless spirit, Thomas Merton, for the occasional bit of guidance. Today marks the American secular holiday dedicated to … Continue reading

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Armor

I had meant to post the written transcript of what I preached the other Thursday night at the student Mass, but clearly, I didn’t get around to it. When I was a boy I loved insects. The praying mantis was … Continue reading

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The Synod Fathers Speak 10: Looking Ahead With Prayer

For reference, the so-called “short” document is online is here, in English. Today, I’ll reproduce the bishops’ final request of us, that we journey with them on this pilgrimage: We Synod Fathers ask you walk with us towards the next Synod. … Continue reading

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The Synod Fathers Speak 9: The Eucharist

The Sunday Eucharist has a pull for many believers. We would do well to consider what a grace that is. The high point which sums up all the threads of communion with God and neighbor is the Sunday Eucharist when … Continue reading

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