Choosing Trust with St. Ignatius of Loyola

Posted by Megan Shepherd on Jul 31, 2020 7:05:00 AM

During the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic, I strive to live with intentionality and creativity.  At times, I have found myself struggling with a fear of the unknown that paralyzes me as I try to contemplate the many possibilities for what the future may hold. Ultimately, I trust in God as the One who created me out of love, who sent his Son into the world to die for me and to draw me into the life of the Trinity, and who sent the Holy Spirit to guide me. Yet, in the moments when my wonder turns to fear—about the health of those I love, what the fall semester will look like, or when I might next see and hug my family living out-of-state—I cling to a need for certainty and a desire to control.

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Topics: Jesuit spirituality, prayer, spiritual exercises, trusting in God, coronavirus, St. Ignatius, COVID-19 Resources, Suscipe

Monday Motivation: Weekly Resources

Posted by The Editors on Jul 6, 2020 4:19:20 PM

Looking for new ideas or resources to engage your faith or your ministry? Here are our weekly curated links, including offerings in each of the following categories: Prayer for the Home, Educational Opportunities, Resources (for ministers, educators, parents, etc.), and Flourishing and Fun.

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Topics: prayer, saints, Scripture, parenting, lectio divina, Hispanic ministry, Catolicismo hispano, COVID-19 Resources, Monday Motivation Weekly Resources

Facing Anxiety with the Holy Spirit's Help

Posted by Alex Wallace, MA, LMHC, CRC on Jun 23, 2020 12:56:31 PM

Experiencing anxiety is a common problem that leads many people to seek counseling and therapy. Whether about work, family life, unexpected setbacks, one’s future, or one’s children and their problematic behaviors, anxiety-inducing events abound. Anxiety is the result of threats existing in our lives, whether real or perceived. For those experiencing problematic anxiety, it may be hard to distance from these threats. In the fortunate case that one is able to do so successfully, it is often not long before the threat and associated emotion returns. As a result, we may struggle to be the person God sees within us. We may experience less joy or be more likely to negatively impact the lives of those around us. Outbursts of anger, disputes, and dissension are also common with anxiety. We know that this anxiety is burdensome, but what is there to do about it?

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Topics: Holy Spirit, prayer, coronavirus, COVID-19 Resources, mental health, anxiety

Monday Motivation: Weekly Resources

Posted by The Editors on Jun 22, 2020 7:01:00 AM

Looking for new ideas or resources to engage your faith or your ministry? Here are our weekly curated links, including offerings in each of the following categories: Prayer for the Home, Educational Opportunities, Resources (for ministers, educators, parents, etc.), and Flourishing and Fun.

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Topics: prayer, family life, St. Augustine, domestic church, COVID-19 Resources, Monday Motivation Weekly Resources

Rethinking Our Summer Rest

Posted by Becky Eldredge on Jun 19, 2020 7:02:00 AM

Pivot. We are doing a whole lot of pivoting in life, aren’t we? Personally, professionally, socially, and even spiritually. 

Summer, for many of us in ministry, is our time to slow down, to pause, to reflect, and to recalibrate for the coming year of ministry. Often, it is the time we give ourselves permission to take time off, go on vacation, or even make time for a retreat. Due to the realities of life at the moment, even our rest this summer invites us to explore new and creative ways to rejuvenate and reconnect with the source of our ministry and call.

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Topics: prayer, Ignatian retreat, retreat, ministry

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