Reason 1: You might develop the habit of joyfulness, and overall, people get suspicious when you are deeply happy. And if you are also wildly hopeful, expect to get labeled Pollyanna or Naïve or Fanatic. Happiness and joy must always be tempered by appropriate levels of guilt and worry and good sense. Reason 2: You [...]
During August, I’ll focus on how Ignatian principles of spiritual growth are quite fitting for those of us in the second half of life. “Find Your Inner Iggy” is the title of a promotion Loyola Press had going on Facebook recently, and I really like the sound of that phrase—rather whimsical. Embody Gratitude and Joy [...]
From time to time, we feel the need to understand better what our gifts are. I think this is particularly true at certain stages of life. There’s a big surge toward our giftedness during adolescence, when many of us discover that we like music or can paint or write stories or play basketball well. What’s [...]
Christian spirituality in general and Ignatian spirituality in particular operate from an overarching assumption. We believe that humanity has inherent purpose. That purpose fueled our very creation. God desires our existence, and so . . . we are. In traditional Judeo-Christian language, God created humanity. And because we are generated from that Divine energy and [...]
Catholics and other Christians celebrate All Saints Day November 1, and in preparation for that, the featured book on Days of Deepening Friendship is Thrift Store Saints: Meeting Jesus 25¢ at a Time by Jane Knuth. You’ll see my video interview with Jane any day now. Jane has worked at a St. Vincent DePaul thrift store for a number of years, and this book is a collection of her stories—about the people she works with, the people they serve, and her own growth as a down-to-earth Christian. We’ll post some of these chapters, to give you a taste. The stories are so well-written, and they speak truth so clearly and joyfully, you will love Jane and the thrift store folks immediately.