Ready to Relax

Tags: Body, Ignatian-spirituality, Mind, Spirit

May 01, 2010 07:33

For the last several years, one of my tasks in getting ready for the summer ahead is to break out this fountain, which I position next to my pergola. Yesterday, as hit the switch to turn it on, the water slowly filled the upper reservoir, and began to spill down to the basin below.It's splashing water is just loud enough to hear from my open bedroom window upstairs. It's music to my ears as I...

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St. Catherine of Siena

Tags: Catholic-church, Ignatian-spirituality, Italy, Mind, Spirit, Travel

April 29, 2010 12:02

The Road To Sienawritten by Edmund Gardener. I'll leave it to you to find out more about Catherine. I just wanted to bring her up because, as I learned through reading this biography, she was one tough person who rose above the difficulties of her time and became a shining example of holiness.Sometimes, actually, I think most of the time, every generation thinks that they have it worse than...

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Fresh Start

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Mind, Spirit

April 28, 2010 20:03

If you've been following this blog for awhile, you've picked up on the fact that I enjoy sunrises. I'm an early riser, and I love to sit on my back porch, coffee in hand and watch the dawn of a new day. It's worth the effort!Yesterday, a young man I know started a new job. I've been friends with Diego and his parents for almost fifteen years now, and I guess you could say that I've become one...

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Time to get moving

Tags: Body, Ignatian-spirituality, Mind, Spirit

April 26, 2010 06:54

Probably like you, I'm on several email subscription lists. Just about every day I receive an email from John Eldridge, and they contain some quote from one of his many great books. I thought today's quote from his book, Sacred Romance was a great one to share:

Journey or Homestead?

Every great story involves a quest. In J. R. R. Tolkien’sThe Hobbit,Bilbo Bagginsran from the door at a quarter...

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God’s Grandeur

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Spirit

April 25, 2010 18:13

Through my silent retreats and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, I was introduced to the writings of a Jesuit poet named Gerard Manley Hopkins. Fr.Hopkins (1844-1889) was born into an Anglican family, but later converted to Catholicism and later entered the Society of Jesus.As I was out walking today, I realized that the heavy scent of all the neighborhood lilac bushes has started to...

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Where the wind has blown

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Mind, Spirit

April 24, 2010 21:42

Today has been a day of recollection. As I enter my last week of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, I'm to review my journal and look for ideas/concepts/situations that remind me of how God has been moving in my life over the last 30+ weeks.I hardly got through my first entry written on September 23rd, 2009, when I acknowledged just how present God has been to me throughout this time. As...

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Tomato Time

Tags: Gardening

April 23, 2010 20:54

First thing tomorrow morning, I'm heading up to a big nursery in Maryland called Valley View Farms. They carry over thirty varieties of tomatoes, along with an unbelievable amount of veggie plants and seeds.I was telling my friend Brian about my annual pilgrimage, and he asked to join me. He already has some tomatoes planted. Maybe he's planning a little friendly competition?At least four...

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Earth Day

Tags: Gardening, Ignatian-spirituality, Spirit

April 22, 2010 22:20

I wish we could have sat together today under the pergola. The warm air was heavy with the scent of lilacs. We have Hans and Mary to thank for this one, planted years ago and still going strong. I've added my own to the mix, a white one on the side of the house. Will the people who come after me know my name, or why I planted a white one?Yesterday, a dvd from Netflix arrived in the mail. It was...

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Time With Friends

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Mind, Spirit

April 21, 2010 14:49

Yesterday, some elderly friends of mine returned to Maryland after spending the winter in Florida. This year, it was cold down there for much of the time, and they were excited to come north.I've known this couple for nearly twenty years, and they are faithful friends. I have watched them grow old, and now they are beginning to struggle with their health. Their friends are dying off, several...

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Catching Up

Tags: Uncategorized

April 20, 2010 06:01

I took a little time off from work yesterday in an attempt to catch up on some personal things. The grass growing season is in full swing. Having been cut just four days before, it was already time for the next trim. The first round of edging was needed, along with some general clean-up. As I was racing through the yard, I stopped to see how beautiful this little Bleeding Heart's (Dicentra)...

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