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Strong In The Face Of Tribulation

The Vatican publishing house offered a free book this week. Strong In The Face Of Tribulation is like a small library. Andrea Tornelli offers a four-page introduction. He states the purpose of the volume: (A) little help offered to all, so … Continue reading

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Pope Envy

I read Fr James Martin had a half-hour meeting with the world’s most famous Jesuit. Though I don’t want to go there, I can imagine the spinning in some Catholic circles. Why wasn’t time made available for the dubi-cardinals? Was … Continue reading

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On The Lord’s Prayer: Why Words Aren’t Important

I saw a Fox News headline arrive in my newsfeed about Pope Francis changing the words of the Lord’s Prayer. Interesting, I thought. When was the Fox interested in what was going on in Italy? I could lament about the … Continue reading

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GeE 176-177: Crowned By Mary

The Mother of Jesus exemplifies discipleship, and remains a model and guide for those who wish to adhere more closely to the teachings and way of the Son: 176. I would like these reflections to be crowned by Mary, because … Continue reading

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GeE 175: Last Words On Discernment

175. When, in God’s presence, we examine our life’s journey, no areas can be off limits. In all aspects of life we can continue to grow and offer something greater to God, even in those areas we find most difficult. … Continue reading

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GeE 174: The Logic Of Gift And Of The Cross

One final note on discernment, The logic of gift and of the cross. First, a note to those who complain God works too slowly: 174. An essential condition for progress in discernment is a growing understanding of God’s patience and his … Continue reading

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GeE 173: Attention To Gospel And Magisterium

More on listening: 173: Naturally, this attitude of listening entails obedience to the Gospel as the ultimate standard, but also to the Magisterium that guards it, as we seek to find in the treasury of the Church whatever is most … Continue reading

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GeE 172: Speak, Lord

When we are silent in conversation, it inspires a friend or loved one to speak. Pope Francis knows that our discipline of silence invites God, and we need not even utter, “Speak, Lord.” When another human being talks to us, … Continue reading

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GeE 171: Silent And Prolonged Prayer

171. The Lord speaks to us in a variety of ways, at work, through others and at every moment. Yet we simply cannot do without the silence of prolonged prayer, which enables us better to perceive God’s language, to interpret … Continue reading

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GeE 170: A Supernatural Gift

Today, let’s look a bit more deeply into a supernatural gift: 170. Certainly, spiritual discernment does not exclude existential, psychological, sociological or moral insights drawn from the human sciences. At the same time, it transcends them. Use reason, but don’t … Continue reading

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GeE 169: Always In The Light Of The Lord

Today, Always in the light of the Lord. We would aspire to always be, but in this mortal space, not always possible. This aspiration beckons us to discernment not only when the big questions confront us, but also in everyday … Continue reading

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GeE 168: When New Things Happen

Writing of the “urgent need for discernment,” Pope Francis notes that when new things happen, we can be particularly vulnerable. Is something new genuine? Or is the novelty illusory? Dangerous, even? This paragraph strikes me as apt as the scandals … Continue reading

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GeE 167: An Urgent Need

Today, a discussion continues on an urgent need, the gift of discernment: 167. The gift of discernment has become all the more necessary today, since contemporary life offers immense possibilities for action and distraction, and the world presents all of … Continue reading

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GeE 166: Discernment

The final theme of Gaudete et Exsultate will be one dear to those even casually familiar with Ignatian Spirituality. Discernment will occupy our attention for the next several days here. The question we all want to ask, at one time or another: … Continue reading

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GeE 165: More On Spiritual Corruption

Pope Francis cites Scripture, but the description is familiar to anyone who has experience with the Ignatian discipline of discernment of spirits. The path of sin for a believer is far different from that of someone blind to virtue. Perhaps … Continue reading

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