Showing posts tagged as 'ignatian-spirituality'

The Lenten Journey

Tags: Catholic-church, Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Prayer

March 09, 2011 06:59

The word Lent is from the Anglo-Saxon lencten (spring).This penitential season of six Sundays and forty weekdays prepares us for the great feast of Easter, and it begins today.Historically, Lent was the retreat-like final preparation for those who would be initiated into the Church at Easter. Many others began using the time for repentance and renewal.


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Time For Prayer

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Prayer

February 22, 2011 09:29

A quick look at the news today might cause you to dive into a tailspin. Massive earthquakes, oil prices rising 9% in a day, civil unrest rolling across the Middle East, unsustainable levels of debt. And that was just the headlines.It's easy to fall into the trap of believing that everything is cycling out of control. That would be the case if everything depended upon us. Being people of faith,...


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Finding God In All Things

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Prayer

February 16, 2011 07:16

We all have days where it seems like nothing goes right. Hopefully, we've also experienced days were everything we put our hand to works out perfectly. I guess this pattern of positive and negative is built into the fabric of our daily living. The more we accept it, the easier it is for us to Find God In All Things.This understanding of recognizing God in all things is one of the key concepts...


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Living the Gospel

Tags: Catholic-church, Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Prayer, Spirit

February 14, 2011 06:50

When you really think about it, you can't truly live the Gospel without suffering some pain. Last week, I was giving some students from the United Church of Christ a tour of our church. They asked about the stations of the cross, and why we had them displayed all around. It was a good question.Jesus said that if we wanted to be his disciple, we were going to have to pick up our cross and follow...


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Is God There?

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Prayer, Spirit

January 26, 2011 06:04

Last night I was talking to my fourth grade class about God's presence in their lives. As we sat in the sanctuary of our church, I asked them to think about ways God shows Himself to them throughout their day. Looking back to the previous week, could they see Him in the everyday events of their lives? Sometimes yes, sometimes no was the answer I got.Most of us would probably answer in the same...


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Was It Really Random?

Tags: Diabetes, Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Type-ii-diabetes

January 23, 2011 07:30

Yesterday, forty-two people from our Hispanic community were screened for Diabetes. They had previously taken a risk assessment at a Faith Fighting Diabetes event, and the results showed that they were at high risk for either having the disease or were pre-diabetic.It was very humbling for me to walk into the crowded waiting room and see all the people there. This was the first screening we had...


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A Thoughtful Message

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Prayer, Spirit

December 05, 2010 06:25

This past summer, one of my former staff members got married. Being a bit older, they have plenty of things already, and I was really struggling with what gift to give them. Then I remembered a friend telling me about an organization called Charity Water, which works to bring clean drinking water to people in Africa.I went to their website and found out that for a $40 donation, two people would...


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Deck The Halls

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Prayer

December 03, 2010 16:26

We had our first snow flurries today. Not much, and not for long, but a sure sign of things to come. Our cold weather prompted me to start breaking out the Christmas decorations.This is way early for me, especially because I'm not expecting any company for the next couple of weeks.Maybe it was the comment from my friend Will, the new dad :) about how much he loves the Christmas Season.Maybe it...


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Me, A Saint?

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Prayer

December 02, 2010 18:10

Most of us don't think we have it in us. We have this lofty vision of what a saint is, and we might believe our own faults and failures preclude us from ever having such a title attached to our names.Well, that's just not so. When Mother Theresa received the Nobel Peace Prize, she got up to the podium and said that, although she was grateful to receive the award, she wasn't quite sure why she...


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Forgive

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Mind, Prayer, Spirit

November 24, 2010 07:55

As we get ready for the start of the holiday season, this timely message from John Eldredge arrived in my inbox this morning. Over the next several weeks, we'll be with people who love us, but also with those who've hurt us. We'll be given chances to forgive, to seek forgiveness, to reconcile, to bring peace into a broken world. Isn't that what we should be doing anyway?

Forgive

We must forgive...


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