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[18 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]
Waiting Well

Advent is a season of waiting. We wait, we watch, and we anticipate. The prophets and saints are our companions as we wait symbolically for Christ’s first coming and birth, while we also anticipate His second coming and return. Our posture of waiting is shaped by the Advent themes of hope, love, joy and peace. “Come, Lord Jesus, Come” is our prayer.

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[6 Nov 2011 | One Comment | ]
Begin with Gratitude

Recently I took some time out to renew and refresh my understanding of Ignatian spirituality. While I consider myself very much a newbie to all things Ignatian, it was good to recall and remember how the themes and posture of Ignatian spirituality have impacted my life in significant ways these past five years. Ignatian themes of attentiveness, finding God in all things, contemplative activism, imagination, discernment and gratitude have all shaped and deepened my formation and vocation. All this has inspired me to give renewed attention to these Ignatian themes …

Prayer, Discernment, and Practice, Social Justice »

[27 Sep 2011 | One Comment | ]
The Spiritual Practice of Drinking Mate

A few afternoons a week I spend time with children, youth and young adults who live and/or work the busiest downtown train station and transportation hub in Buenos Aires. Hundreds of thousands of people pass through the Retiro station every day. Because of this, many youth and young adults living in situations of poverty come to Retiro to seek out opportunities to make money to live. When I first arrive to Retiro for the afternoon and greet my friends, the first question is almost always the same, “Did you bring …

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[15 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]
Ordinary Time – The Other Two-Thirds of the Year

It usually happens about this time of year. I find myself discouraged with the seemingly boredom and dryness of my spiritual life. I often feel as if I am wondering aimlessly through the liturgical season of Ordinary Time. Ordinary Time makes up 33 or 34 weeks, almost two-thirds, of the liturgical year. While one stretch includes a few weeks in between Epiphany and Lent, the majority of Ordinary Time includes the weeks in between Pentecost Sunday in June and Advent.
Several weeks have now past since Pentecost Sunday and I find …