I hope this finds you well and ready for the long weekend ahead.
Over the past several days, I’ve been thinking about all the changes that I am in the process of making. First, this website will be getting a new look in the next couple of weeks, and I think you’ll find it easier to navigate.
I was watching a movie early this morning, still trying to recover from my last semester of doctoral studies, and there was a scene that got me thinking. The movie was about World War II, and the actors were sitting at a table drinking freshly brewed coffee. Someone asked, “what was the best cup of coffee you ever had?” Listening to the response got me thinking about my own “best” cup of coffee.
Wow, two posts back to back. Pretty exciting, huh? When I saw that Loyola Press is once again offering a 31 day sampling of Ignatian Spirituality, starting today, how could I not let you know about it?
If you’ve been on this blog for a while, you might remember that many of the readers here took advantage of this cool immersion opportunity last year. At the end of the 31 days, we’ll get to celebrate St. Ignatius’ feast day.
I hope you’ll give it a try by clicking here. Drop a reply sometime during the 31 days and let us know what you think.
Just the other day, I came across something in our local Catholic newspaper that got me excited. The article was about a gentleman who was changing jobs at a Jesuit High School in Baltimore, and he said that one of his tasks at the school was to integrate St. Ignatius’ Cura Personalis into the daily activities of the school. So, just what is Cura Personalis you ask? It’s Latin for care for the whole person: body, mind and spirit. Those that frequent this blog will recognize that this is a familiar theme here at Making All Things New.
Four years ago today, I wrote my first post for Making All Things New. 🙂 I certainly didn’t know what I was doing back then, but the post isn’t too bad, so I included it below. Today’s post is the 651st post. Hard to believe.
2014 is going to be a busy, but also transformative year for me. So much is happening, on multiple fronts, it’s hard to keep it all straight. Things are really coming together with my doctoral studies, and I’m looking forward to sharing it all with you.
Look for lots of stylistic changes to this blog. They’ll be coming soon, and I know you’ll like them. In the meantime, thanks for stopping by today, and I hope it’s a great one for you.
March 14, 2010: I’m embarking on a new adventure! For the last eleven months, God has been doing some amazing new things with me. It’s been a radical transformation of my body, mind, and spirit. I want to share with anyone who will listen what’s happened to me, with the hope that maybe they will find some good advice and make some changes for themselves.
After many drafts and revisions, I thought it high time to unveil a logo designed just for this site. Of course, I could describe each little part, since everything has meaning behind it. For now, I think, it would be better just to ponder it a bit. Any feedback would be most appreciated. A young lady I met while doing campus ministry at McDaniel College is the designer.
I’m sure I must have been a difficult client. You know the type. It’s there in his/her mind, but he/she struggles to articulate just what they want. Thanks to everyone who gave us input, and I hope to hear from you in the comments section below.
On March 14th, ten days from now, we’ll mark the fourth anniversary of this website. I’ll always remember sitting in my living room with a dear friend and together, dreaming it all up. More to come…
This image is of the nearly 500-year-old logo of the Society of Jesus, founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola. Over the last several weeks, I’ve been working on a logo for this blog, and Ignatius’ sunburst will be woven into mine. I can’t wait to share it with you 🙂
Over the past several days, I’ve been getting myself ready for my upcoming retreat. It’s all a bit overwhelming, with lots to do and lots to think about.
What are we going to do? What am I going to say?
A reoccurring challenge found in St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises kept coming up in my mind as I prepared my talks. I was thinking about what it might mean to those who will be listening to me, but I was also thinking about what it means to me. Since it keeps coming up in my head, I guess that means I needs I need to take a pause and pray about it.
St. Ignatius asks three simple questions:
What have I done for Christ? What am I doing for Christ? What ought I do for Christ?
Something for us all to think about in the week ahead.
Funny how life is. This morning, I woke up from a dream, and the weather I was experiencing in that dream looked something like this picture.
In reality, however, the Polar Vortex had finally come to Maryland, and it was about 4 degrees outside, but with the windchill, it felt like -20. I wanted to go back to bed and try to rejoin that dream of mine, but it wasn’t meant to be. Oh well.
Well, we made it. 2014 is here, and I hope and pray that it will be a great year for everyone.
I don’t know about you, but I have several resolutions that I plan to work on this year.
A big one is to finish up my doctoral studies and be ready to graduate in the spring of 2015. I purchased some software recently that I hope will help me reach this huge goal. I hope they work like they’re supposed to 🙂