Tag Archives: Ignatian Spirituality

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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Leisure, A Good Form of Penance?

John Veltri’s classic manual for spiritual direction, Orientations, is available online here. One of his brief essays that some of our culture might find challenging asks the question above. After our last big campus ministry event of the year, I … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: The Bookends of Sleep

Often I reference John Veltri’s work Orientations. My very first spiritual director shared the book with me over thirty years ago. I long ago misplaced my copy, and so was glad to find it online. One piece I have struggled … Continue reading

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Ignatian Lent Retreat

I know Kevin O’Brien’s book, so it seems this retreat would be a fruitful and worthy way to explore Lent with the Lord Jesus. Adventure: I like that. It would have been inspiring to me as a young person back … Continue reading

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Examen for a Wedding Day

I played a wedding Saturday. I was at church early to get my usual Saturday duties out of the way. Looking for a few moments to practice a few classical pieces on my palette, the nave was largely bustling with … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Close to the Heart

Margaret Silf, the English author and spiritual director, has a loyal following among those steeped in Ignatian spirituality. And no surprise: she is in demand as a retreat director and workshop speaker. From what I’ve read of her prose, I’ve … Continue reading

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Giving Up Everything

The young miss is not as much of a music hound as I am. We have a few overlaps in what we like. I still haven’t got Raising Sand back from her. Natalie Merchant’s Tigerlily is also at the bottom of her room … Continue reading

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