Thanksgiving is for the Thankless

I often call Thanksgiving “amateur hour.” I’m often surprised that the angriest of atheists who often seem so preoccupied with secularizing Christmas, keeping prayer out of schools and accusing often thoughtful religious people of being hopelessly saccharine, often let Thanksgiving, slip past their crosshairs. It would well do the irreligious to set their sights on […]

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Seeing the Signs of the Holy Spirit

This is a reflection on 3 pieces of scripture: Jonah: 3:1-10 (Jonah’s repentance), Acts 2:1-11 (Pentecost), John 20:19-23 (Receive the Holy Spirit) BIG…SIGNS We are always looking for signs? When we’re driving… Walking… Finding a new classroom… A sale… We look for a sign..maybe a smile that shows someone’s interested in us. And a great […]

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How I Met the Jesuits

Today is the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order and without whom my life would be quite different. You see, when I met the Jesuits, I was likely on my way out of the Catholic Church. I’ve been a lifelong Catholic.  I was an altar server through High […]

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Making Mistakes

Today I made a mistake.  It wasn’t my first, won’t be my last.  But it was a stupid, careless mistake that I made because I rushed into what I was doing, misled by the good intentions of another who was hoping to help me get some quick information to others.  I simply said August when […]

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Does Spiritual Direction Need to Happen Face to Face?

I have directed a spiritual directee or two over Skype.  We’ve even talked about setting up a prayer group for our young alumni through the use of Google Hangout.  In many ways technology can be a great help in keeping people connected to God. But might this be a “disordered attachment” in some ways too? That’s […]

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Life After the Spiritual Exercises

Andy Otto over at Godinallthings.com has a great piece today on the “Fifth Week” of the Spiritual Exercises, that is, the rest of our lives after we have completed a version of the exercises.  Retreat people sometimes call this the 4th Day (every day beyond their weekend retreat). The graces we gain on a retreat […]

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