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The Feast of St. Ignatius- Free eBook Today Only

Today, July 31st, is the Feast of St. Ignatius.  I’ve gotten to know this great saint over the last several years, and I’ve also come to understand that, even though he lived nearly 500 years ago, his teachings still have an impact on us today.

Instead of a long post highlighting some key points of Ignatian Spirituality, I thought I’d just provide you with a link to Ignatian, where you’ll find a great list of ten elements of this form of spirituality.

Lastly, if you click the link above today (July 31st), check out the free eBook (see top right box on the linked page) Loyola Press is giving away FREE today ONLY.  Recently published, Just Call Me Lopez was written by Margaret Silf.  She’s a great writer, and I’ll be reading through my own copy in the next few days.  Don’t miss this opportunity.

Thanks to Loyola Press for making this book available to everyone 🙂

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Last Thursday night, I had to put my dog Maggie to sleep 🙁  I got her about nine years ago from our local Humane Society, and she’s been a faithful pet ever since.

When I first saw her, I liked her, but when the kennel folks brought us together, she peed all over the floor.  Not a good sign. They begged me to give her a chance.  She had been abused by her former owner, and she as very scared around men.  Great.  But I took her home, and it turned out she was a great choice.

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Vacation Time

I heard a really good sermon yesterday preached by our newly ordained priest.  He’s from Columbia, and his messages are simple and practical.

He talked about the necessity of taking vacations, of being quiet, the need for relaxation and recharging.  How true.

He also talked about the importance of not taking a vacation from God.  So often, we do just that.  We don’t think much about God while we’re relaxing and re-charging.  How true.

So, that’s the message for today.  If you’re planning to take your vacation soon, make God a part of your plans.  Bring your Bible, find a church to go to, intentionally make time for prayer.  As St. Ignatius would reminds us, we can find God in all things, even while we’re on vacation.  Seek Him out.  “When you look for me, you will find me.  Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me with you, says the Lord…” (Jeremiah 29:13-14).

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Reversing Diabesity

This past Saturday, I had lunch in Washington DC with one of my professors.  He was getting ready to leave for vacation, and I needed to return a bunch of books to the library, so we got together to talk about my doctoral project.  It will be focused on helping people prayerfully transform their health, the target audience being folks who are overweight and have type II diabetes.

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Taking A Breather

With the click of my mouse, I’ll be emailing the last of my class papers this morning 🙂 Going back to school hasn’t been easy, but I am grateful for the experience, and grateful that my classes are over until next year.

Now, it’s time to take a breath and then get back to business.  I hope you’ve been to your local farmer’s market by now.  There is so much great stuff to buy, but I’m still waiting on a few things to appear.  Maybe next week…  

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Stuffed Peppers

I got to the Farmer’s Market late today, and there were slim pickens.  Swiss Chard must be plentifully growing on everyone’s farm/plot, since the tables were laden with it.  There was even a swiss chard cooking demonstration going on at one booth.  It was too crowded for me, but I could hear the chef say something about adding a splash of either red wine or balsamic vinegar just before serving.  I’ll have to try that next week.  I picked up some peppers and some tomatoes, and on the way home decided to stuff the peppers and serve them up for dinner.  They can be served either as a lite main course or as a side.  Either way, they’re a great summer meal.

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Happy Independence Day

Sorry for the delay in posting.  I’m just about done with my first semester as a doctoral student, and am now in the midst of finishing my final three papers.  I will be marking a second, more personal “independence day” when they are done 🙂