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St. Ignatius of Loyola, a deeply revered master of the spiritual life, always counseled people to use their imaginations when they prayed. Ignatius himself loved to imagine himself present at the Last Supper or at the Sermon on the Mount as a way of bringing these scriptural stories to life. Continue »
Inside This Issue
Who knew angels were so important?
We humans are an interesting breed. Blessed as we are with a natural curiosity, we have plumbed the depths of the earth and sent satellites millions of miles into space. We have explored the tiniest of atoms and the most majestic of mountains. But for all our delving into the physical world, we are still strangely uninterested in the spiritual world. Continue »
Angels bring heaven to earth . . .and earth to heaven.
If the story of Jacob and Esau were to play out today, it would probably be splashed across the front page of every tabloid newspaper in the country. “Twin dresses as animal to swindle his brother.” “Woman wrangles money from husband.” “Man flees brother’s homicidal rage.” Continue »
Angels help us to resist temptation.
"Angels & Demons", a 2009 Hollywood movie starring Tom Hanks, had very little to do with actual angels and demons. It was a tale of Vatican intrigue, assassinations, and a fictional cult-like group called the Illuminati. The movie did not do very well in theaters, and it’s no wonder. Preposterous story lines generally don’t make good films. Continue »
The life and Death of Army Chaplain Emil Kapaun
The ruined church was a fitting backdrop for the impromptu service held at prisoner of war Camp No. 5, in Pyoktong, North Korea, on Easter morning. 1951. Continue »
What Eight Miscarriages Have Taught Me
“So is he your only one?” I’d nod and wait for the dreaded question. Then it would come: “Are you and your husband going to have any more kids?” Though I’d come to expect it, my heart still skipped a beat. I tried to appear composed and calm as I answered, “Oh, we hope to someday.” Continue »
A new book presents a wise guide for the spiritual camino.
Many of us hunger for a kind of prayer that goes deeper than words or thoughts about God. We sense that we have come to the point where we need to stop talking about divine love and experience it. We long for a silent union with God that is often called “contemplation,” and we want to know how to get to this place in our spiritual lives. Continue »