Category Archives: spirituality

Praying About It … Or Something

When I received an offer Friday to join a parish staff, I did what many church people do: I asked for the weekend to pray about it. I hung up the phone and pondered many options. Taking a few hours … Continue reading

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A Link From Cana to Corpus Christi

Many Catholics decline participation in half the Eucharistic feast. It is their choice, formed by many factors. Some logical, like declining to share germs, though most are less squeamish about door handles. Some practical, like taking only the minimal spiritual … Continue reading

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Option?

Liam linked to an interesting, but somewhat scattered/brief look at the Benedict Option here. Political philosophy is not my thing. I admit being unschooled in exactly what the BO is–I was thinking it was the meme Small Church Getting Smaller … Continue reading

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Unconditional Gratitude

Gratitude is one of the hallmark qualities of Ignatian spirituality. It is a virtue which does not come easily for me. I had to consciously cultivate it in my early years as a pastoral minister. I learned to say “thank … Continue reading

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Petitioning God

How do we ask things of God? On his comment a bit earlier tonight Max asked: I’m not angry. I’m not the one with power. I’m not (G)od. I can’t do anything to intercede on an attack on innocent children. If … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on Spiritual Direction

CNS had a feature with a hodgepodge of Pope Francis answering questions, but his comments on spiritual direction caught my attention: In the other diocese I had, I always asked the sisters who came to me asking advice, ‘But tell … Continue reading

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In Between

Fr Francis X. Clooney has a thoughtful essay at America‘s blog. Living in and serving an academic community, I can certainly relate. Our students had their finals last week, and with summer term beginning tomorrow, the city and campus have … Continue reading

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