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31 Days With St. Ignatius

I’m really excited about something I learned earlier today.  The folks at Loyola Press are getting ready to celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius on July 31st, and they want us to join them. 

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Its Never Too Late

There’s a popular Christian song that’s getting a lot of airtime right now.  By Toby Mac, the title is “Get Back Up” and, although it’s not what I would call easy listening, it’s very catchy and I think most people would like it.  The YouTube video is below for anyone who wants a look.  But the beat of the song is not important.  It’s the lyrics of the refrain that resonated with me, and I’m hoping it will be the same for you.

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Isn’t This Amazing

This past weekend, Baltimore had a huge celebration remembering the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, and especially the flag to the left which flew over Fort Mc Henry.  It was amazing, and if you’ve never seen this huge flag, you can check it out at the Smithsonian.  It’s amazing.

Another thing that’s pretty amazing is some statistics that Word Press has been keeping since the first of the year.  Well, I’m sure they’ve always kept track of all kinds of numbers, but they never shared figures with me for Making All Things New, other than total hits.  Until recently…

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Pea and Shallot Crostini

I’ve been waiting to post this recipe until I could find fresh peas at my local Farmer’s Market, and today was the day.

Maybe I’ve just come too late to get them, but I’ve been to the market each week for the last month, and no luck.

Since my mom has been cooking out of Frances Mayes’ book The Tuscan Sun Cookbook which I got her for Mother’s Day, she’s been raving about the recipes she’s tried.  I’m still trying to catch up to her, and I thought I’d start with this one.  I think you’ll enjoy them 🙂

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A Beautiful Morning

My dog Maggie hasn’t been feeling too well lately, and she’s been getting me up extra early. That’s o.k. with me, especially because the sun is just coming up as I pour my first cup of coffee.

Today is a beautiful morning.  This little container garden is just outside my kitchen door.  The sun rises right behind it, and over the years, it’s become one of my favorite places to pray.

I change the plantings each year just to keep things lively.  That being said, I always have some variety of hibiscus, geranium, fuchsia and coleus.  I was in a peachy kind of mood when I was at the nursery this year, so here’s what I got.

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Sufficient Grace

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been working hard on a paper for my spirituality class.

The paper is on St. Bonaventure’s understanding of grace, as presented in his document called the Breviloquium. The challenge of the paper is how to help people in 2012 understand the thought of this Medieval writer, and make his beautiful understanding of grace come alive for them.  

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Moving Forward

Well, I am finally recovered from my three weeks of intensive doctoral studies at Catholic University.

I’ve had three or four days to reflect upon the many experiences, and to say it was a powerful time for me would be an understatement.

There is much fodder for this blog, so trust that you’ll be reading about my adventures over the next several weeks.  Suffice it to say that my studies have given me a fresh outlook on a lot of things.