Tag Archives: discernment

Leaving Church: What I’m Learning (Part 1)

“Come and help us learn to be the people of God in the neighborhood where we find ourselves.” Three and a half years ago, we moved our family from Thousand Oaks, CA to the Portland, Oregon area—Beaverton, to be specific. We left our jobs at Pepperdine: I was associate chaplain, and my husband…

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When to Quit, and When to Persevere

“Winners never quit and quitters never win.” —Vince Lombardi — Deep within the psyche of every American lurks an idea. A dangerous idea. It’s one that is reinforced in film and music, it’s hinted at in inspirational posters and videos shared on Facebook, and its opposite is held in such high esteem one…

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Fourteen Rules for Discerning Spirits (Part 2)

In my previous post, I began a summary of Ignatius of Loyola’s fourteen rules for spiritual discernment, which I would like to pick up again now. Rules twelve through fourteen contain what is categorically gnomic wisdom for how to navigate temptation and spiritual weakness. Rules one through eleven, however, take up the issue…

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