Showing posts tagged as 'ignatian-spirituality'

A New Day Dawning

Tags: Blogging, Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Prayer

January 03, 2012 06:52

Back to the grind. I hope you enjoyed the long weekend, and that you're now ready to tackle the challenges ahead.My New Year's Day was off to a great start. I had a peaceful and prayerful morning, and later a good friend came over to talk about our hopes and goals for the year ahead.We had both established some pretty heavy-duty expectations, but at the same time we were excited to talk about...

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To New Beginnings

Tags: Blogging, Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Personal-development, Prayer

January 01, 2012 13:14

Happy New Year! I'm so grateful to have survived 2011, and am certainly ready to launch into 2012. How about You? That being said, 2011 was a great year for Making All Things New. I received a nice little year-end summary last night from the folks at WordPress, the blogging platform I use.Much to my amazement, this blog had hits from the following countries: United States, Canada, United...

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Keep the Joy Coming

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration

December 23, 2011 07:06

Last night, I helped a friend of mine wrap what seemed like a hundred presents for his kids. He has a family tradition of wrapping each child's gifts with the same wrapping paper, so that there's no need for tags or confusion as to who gets what. What a smart idea, especially if there's lots of kids around.Anyway, I also took time to wrap the gifts I'm giving out as well. I usually dread the...

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Those Christmas Mysteries

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Prayer

December 20, 2011 21:15

Hold on. I'm not talking about the real Christmas mysteries, like the Virgin Birth, Joseph's dream, the Wise Men, The Star.No, I'm talking about the genre of mystery writing that revolves around some aspect of Christmas. I don't know about you, but I love a good mystery. I get this from my mom, who loves them more than I do. Over the years, I've found that they provide a great stress release...

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Divine Appointments

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Prayer

December 15, 2011 06:41

Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night with the strong feeling that you need to pray for someone?It happens to me pretty regularly, and usually I wake up because I was thinking about this person as I drifted off to sleep, or maybe earlier in the day I heard about a problem they were dealing with. A quick prayer at that moment is all it takes and I'm back to a blissful sleep in a minute...

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The Need For Spiritual Direction

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Personal-development, Prayer

December 04, 2011 13:00

Over the last several weeks, I've mentioned that I've been teaching two courses on Spiritual Formation. It's been a lot of fun, but with over 70 participants between both courses, it's also been a tremendous amount of work.As I've gotten to know the participants through their coursework, I've come to realize an important piece that's missing from many of their lives.That missing piece is...

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Holiday Temptations

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

December 02, 2011 08:17

Two experiences I had this past week are prompting this post.On Tuesday, one of my fifth graders told me that she had a blood test done earlier that day. That prompted me to ask her why she had to have the test done. "To check my blood sugar. I have to change what I eat, because my doctor said I'm on the road to diabetes." Wow. This girl is not obese, and to me, she appears to be just a little...

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Feeling Down?

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Prayer

November 30, 2011 17:21

I was listening to a cd the other day about the Advent season, and the presenter mentioned the large number of people who suffer from depression during the holiday season.In fact, these days, which should be filled with joy, show a marked increase of suicides. How tragic.

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Why Make A Retreat Now?

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Personal-development, Prayer

November 22, 2011 06:14

I know. These are known as the busiest days of the year. It all starts this week, and doesn't end until January 1st.Most of us work too hard, and we're not very good at slowing down. As I mentioned the other day, the majority of us spend way too much during these days, and many have lost the whole reason the Christmas season exists.If I had a wish for the next several weeks, it would be that we...

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A Dangerous Adventure

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

November 12, 2011 07:03

Over the last several weeks, I've been leading some workshops for two groups at my church. It's been a lot of work, but in the end, I've been pleased with the feedback I've received.The first group is made up of volunteer religion teachers. The second group consists of professional educators who teach in Catholic schools. While the content is the same, my approach to each group has been...

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