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In the next weeks, Americans will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, and the worldwide Church will start Advent. Wherever you are, take time to slow down in gratitude and make plans for your Advent observance.
Gratitude
Gratitude is an essential aspect of Ignatian spirituality and an important trait to practice even in difficult times. Enjoy these reflections on gratitude.
A Story of the Simple and Great Hearing Aid
Gretchen Crowder shares a story about her son, inspired by the Christopher de Vinck quote, “Cherish what is simple. Be in awe of what is great.”

Three Ingredients in a Recipe for Gratitude
Lisa Kelly believes gratitude involves humility, relief, and hope.

Gratitude on the Difficult Days
Cara Callbeck recognizes gratitude as a great weapon against despair.

Finding Your Perfect Point of Gratitude
Vinita Hampton Wright looks for that balanced point where gratitude feeds hope.

Advent Resources
Advent begins on November 28. Make it a season of grace with the help of seasonal features from Loyola Press.
Answering God’s Call This Advent: A Webinar with Barbara Lee
Spend an afternoon with Barbara Lee exploring four figures from the Gospels who embody the call to welcome the Christ Child.

Ignatian Advent Resources
Bookmark this page of Advent resources in the tradition of Ignatian spirituality for videos, an Advent Examen, and more.

Advent Calendar for Adults
Slow down and discover the quiet moments of Advent hope with daily readings.

Creativity
Earning a living and raising a family often leave little time to enjoy or develop some of the gifts that aren’t directly related to our day-to-day obligations. There isn’t time to play a musical instrument when one is working long hours, and it’s not easy to paint or sculpt or write poetry with growing children in the house. But the gifts that haven’t been used in a long time are still there. Many people who are retired or free of family obligations have the opportunity to nourish their creativity—or perhaps to discover creative gifts they never knew they had. Like Miriam, we might discover times and places to use our creative gifts that we never dreamed of—provided we are open to God’s call.

—Excerpted from Answering God’s Call by Barbara Lee
Featured Blog Posts
Catch up on recent posts of note at dotMagis.

DotMagis blogger Loretta Pehanich wrote this year’s A Book of Grace-Filled Days.

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