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The Triple Colloquy

By Charlotte Phillips On July 31, we celebrated the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola. One of my favorite prayer tools from St. Ignatius is the Triple Colloquy. St. Ignatius introduces this prayer during the Spiritual Exercises. So, what is the Triple Colloquy? The word colloquy simply means conversation. During this prayer experience, you […]

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The Beauty of Ritual

By Charlotte Phillips Recently I went to the funeral Mass for Father Marty Gleeson.  Mass began with the procession of several priests along with Archbishop Gregory Aymond and Archbishop Emeritus Alfred Hughes.  I was surprised how joyful I felt watching these men gather to mourn and celebrate the life of their fellow brother in Christ. 

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A Prayer for Mother’s Day

By Charlotte Phillips   Dear Lord, Today we give you thanks for our mothers.  For the mothers who birthed us from their wombs, and for the mothers who birthed us from their hearts, we give you thanks. 

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P Kid Popcorn

By Charlotte Phillips Several months ago, when we got home from school, our oldest son asked if they could play outside and eat popcorn before starting homework. It was such a beautiful day that I couldn’t tell him no! He went inside to pop the popcorn while his sister and brothers played. When the bowl […]

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Clinging to Hope

By Charlotte Phillips Your birth is our hope. I wrote this phrase in my prayer journal and underlined it. It felt like an important thing to remember. A few days later, I saw it again and immediately cried out, “Thank you, Holy Spirit! Hope! Yes, we need to cling to hope now more than ever.”

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Being Thankful

By Charlotte Phillips Over the past several years, it seems to be a trend on social media for people to post something they are thankful for everyday during the month of November. This year, the trend seems to be a bit different, though; more people seem to be counting down the days until 2020 is […]

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Respecting All Life

By Charlotte Phillips October is Respect Life Month. It often seems the only issue discussed and prayed for during this month is for an end to abortion. Abortion is an important life issue, but it is only one of the many that does not bring respect and dignity to human life. In Gaudete et Exsultate, […]

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Making Lemonade Out of Lemons

By Charlotte Phillips When the schools closed on March 13 to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, I don’t think any of us expected to still be living in this state of limbo six months later. Finishing the last nine weeks of the school year around our kitchen table while my husband and I […]

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From Routine to Ritual: Making More of My Time with God

By Charlotte Phillips My prayer life, as with most other aspects of my life, ebbs and flows. There are times that prayer comes easily. I can sit, take a few deep breaths and immediately go to what my friend Becky refers to our “inner chapel” to spend one-on-one time with God. In these moments, my […]

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Ignatian Contemplation: Praying with Scripture Using Your Imagination

By Charlotte Phillips On July 31, we celebrate the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola. While I don’t think I could pick just one saint as my favorite, St. Ignatius is high on my list. He is the founder of the Jesuits, and his life experiences have shaped and formed Ignatian Spirituality.

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Finding God in the Ordinary

By Charlotte Phillips I don’t know about you, but there have been moments in my life where I expected God to make himself known in a huge, knock-me-over-the-head, grand gesture kind of way. I remember being on a retreat and crying out to God, begging God to speak to me. Thankfully, I opened the ears […]

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