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About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!

Setting the World on Fire

Artwork by Anthony Chiarella, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada This Sunday was Pentecost and on Saturday the Royal Wedding occurred.  That got me thinking about how we each are given fire on our baptism. Pentecost, of course, is the feast where the … Continue reading

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The One Who Sent Us

Last weekend marked three years since my liver resection and two years since my big Freedom 55 Birthday Party. Saturday marked the first event and Monday I became a Heinz 57 Special. My cousin and our mutual friend had flown … Continue reading

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Dying as I Have Lived

In these past years, I have tried to live more and more authentically.  When people look at my life. more or less, a consistency is there.  God has been my stronghold.  My faith has carried me through some of the … Continue reading

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Walking on Thin Ice

Who knew that a visit to the dentist office could trigger such intense grief?  You would think that after facilitating grief workshops that I would be better prepared. Of course, I do know that the one consistency about grief is … Continue reading

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Wounded Healers

Ah, poor Thomas, late to the party and thus left out of rejoicing.  I will not believe, he asserts, even though all the others say that Jesus is risen and has returned. We are sometimes slow to catch on.  There … Continue reading

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Why Weep?

In John’s rendition of the Resurrection story today, Mary Magdalene stands weeping outside the tomb.  An angel in white asks why she is weeping.  She has lost her Lord twice–once in death by crucifixion and now his body is seemingly … Continue reading

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The Quiet Tomb

A couple of decades ago I was on a retreat team that hosted a Holy Triduum weekend.  The event ended up being one of the most profound experiences of my life.  We created a rich and powerful journey for the … Continue reading

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