Monthly Archives: October 2012

Never Too Old

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My English language students at Cabrini Immigrant Services are all mature adults, several of them older than I am. The oldest, R., is in his mid-eighties. He has a good command of English (the class is high intermediate level), but because of a slight speech impediment rarely volunteers in class. One day the class was… Read more »

Taking Responsibility for your Life

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I am not a morning person. While my faith may tell me that with the rising of the sun comes a day filled with exciting possibilities, my daily response is closer to “Is it the weekend yet?” My waking moments are often consumed with my mental checklist, pouring over the tasks of the day ahead…. Read more »

Ignatian Spirituality/ Spiritual Humanism

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The Amtrak train corridor running from Boston to Washington D.C. and points south is the busiest in the country.  Trains on this system now travel at speeds up to 150 mph. and rival air travel time. I can’t tell you the number of trips I’ve made on that system over years. I first took a… Read more »

Bearing Counter-Witness

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During a meeting of Buddhists, many from Vietnam, which the Dalai Lama recently held in Dharamsala, he stated in response to a question from his audience: “There are times and situations in which external factors limit the sense of religion. However, this should not frighten us because all we need is to develop a warm… Read more »

Growing as Contemplatives in Action

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    Sr. Rose Mary Dougherty, SSND, guided almost 70 IVC participants from Baltimore, Northern Virginia, and the DC/ Metro Maryland Regions in our opening fall retreat at Loyola-on-the-Potomac retreat house.  As we returned to previous or new commitments, we were invited through Biblical narratives and the Psalms as well as other poems  and prose quotations,… Read more »