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[17 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
My Best Year Yet

A friend of mine is a consultant helping businesses develop their annual strategic plans. She uses the same process of 10 reflective questions to help individuals create their own personal strategic plan asking what must I do to make this my Best Year Yet? Last year she helped me create my own plan—but of course, being me, well let’s just say it wasn’t exactly my best year yet. I didn’t keep up with the monthly online goal tracker, my 10 goals were far from being met, and …

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[9 Dec 2007 | 3 Comments | ]
The Magis?

I do an Examen of Conscience with my students each week. In fact, the method I follow is directly out of the Spiritual Exercises: make thanksgiving, ask for God’s grace, examine experiences of consolation and desolation, confess sinfulness, & resolve to change with God’s assistance. That final step typically involves me inviting my students to ask God to reveal to them how they can “do more for God” in the upcoming week, and inviting them to ask God to aid them as they attempt to grow in becoming …

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[6 Nov 2007 | 2 Comments | ]
A gift?

Do you ever feel down? Just a sort of dimness, a lethargy of spirit that you can’t seem to shake? That’s desolation, in my mind, and I’ve been a bit stuck in a state of it the last few days. For those of you who might not be as familiar with Ignatian terminology, consolation and desolation are the two terms that Ignatius uses to describe the movements of the spiritual life. Consolation is the movement towards God, which typically, but not always, is experienced as joy or peace. Desolation is …