Category Archives: spirituality

On Gratitude

Gratitude isn’t an exclusively Christian idea. In business, psychology, and even the secular American November holiday we find adherents. Or at least people willing to give it lip service. I found a brief and interesting idea about the Japanese notion … Continue reading

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Ecology, A Spirituality of Reconciliation

The spiritual guide John Veltri, SJ, adapted material from Mary Southard for this “prayer pattern” titled “Ecology, A Spirituality of Reconciliation.” The whole composition is thoughtful and appropriately timely, given the huge discussion these days on Laudato Si’. But I especially … Continue reading

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Desolation

Black sky in broad daylight, charcoal gray underfoot, and no water to drink or air to breathe. I believe it was one of the Apollo astronauts, Buzz Aldrin, who referred to the lunar landscape (image credit, right) as “magnificent desolation.” I wonder … Continue reading

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The Physician

My morning lectio continued to take me through Sirach, a book which has been partly fruitful, partly routine. I was struck by a section in chapter 38 today: My child, when you are ill, do not delay, but pray to … Continue reading

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Group Decisions in Freedom

Parish meetings get bogged down this past year? Consider inviting Saint Ignatius to the deliberations. Considering the day, perhaps a note on freedom, since we Americans are somewhat mindful of that on the 4th: Central to this method is the … Continue reading

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Suscipe

The title of the prayer is taken from Latin for “receive.” Saint Ignatius placed it in an appendix of sorts to his Spiritual Exercises. Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding and my entire will. All … Continue reading

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Fantastic Composition of Place

I think a priest friend and I once shocked a staff colleague about our experiences in composition of place. You know, right? Placing oneself, with full senses, into the scene with Jesus or a saint. Reflecting on the call of Zacchaeus, … Continue reading

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