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31 Days With St. Ignatius


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.

🙂 Have A Blessed Day 🙂





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The Daily Examen


In one of my courses this semester, we’ve been asked to pray the Examen prayer of St. Ignatius for a few days, then provide a little discussion board post about our reaction to it.

Well, as many of you know, this was an easy exercise for me.  I’ve been praying with the Examen on a daily basis for several years, and it’s helped me immensely on my spiritual journey.  I know it can be the same for you.

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Carpe Diem


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I feel as if I’ve blinked and June has gone by.  I don’t believe I’ve ever been as busy as I am right now, and, although a break is coming, it’s still off in the distance.

Like all things, I’ll survive, and maybe be better for it in the end.  Well, let’s hope 🙂

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Finding God In All Things


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In my Spirituality in the Workplace course this week, we’re taking a look at one of the central principles of Ignatian Spirituality, “finding God in all things.”

This principle developed out of a mystical experience Ignatius had early in his spiritual journey.

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Get Walking


Over the last two days, I’ve finally gotten back to talking daily walks in my neighborhood.  Because of the winter we’ve had, it’s literally been months since I’ve been able to get out.  I realized the first morning how much I’ve missed it.

Even though, throughout the winder,  I continued to exercise either at the gym or in front of my t.v. watching  an exercise video, nothing beats getting out in nature.

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Happy Four Year Anniversary

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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.

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Here Comes The Sun

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After a very snowy day and evening yesterday, I was so grateful to see the sun peaking through the spruce trees in my back yard.

That bit of cinderblock you see running through the snow is my retaining wall, which is about four feet high.  Yes, I may have snow lingering till Memorial Day.

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Straining Towards The Prize

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One of the presenters on my retreat this weekend mentioned this statue in her talk.  It’s of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and it can be found in Guelph, Canada.

As I looked at the image, I couldn’t help but think of the words of St. Paul: “… forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).  Today, let’s not dwell on our past, but rather, with hopeful expectation, look forward to a brighter future.  What’s holding you back?

Have a blessed Monday!





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I’ve Got This


There’s a boy in my class who has started using the phrase, “I’ve got this” for just about everything I ask my class to do.

Maybe it’s self motivation, or it just might be seventh grade bravado, but a few nights ago he raised his hand to read a wordy and difficult Scripture passage.  He did great, and I could see he was happy with himself when he finished.  He got it.

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Happy New Year


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 🙂