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Download Ch. 16 We Never Stop Growing.pdf (109 KB)

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Download Ch. 18 New Vocations for a New World.pdf (125 KB)

Download Ch. 19 What Makes Priesthood Special.pdf (153 KB)

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Download Ch. 33 The Apostolate of Good Example.pdf (149 KB)

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Download Ch. 38 Touching Faith.pdf (155 KB)

Download Ch. 39 We also believe, and so we speak.pdf (149 KB)

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Download Ch. 43 Laudato Si and Vocational Awareness.pdf (182 KB)

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Download Ch. 50 The Poor, the Rich, and Pope Francis.pdf (203 KB)

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This is an updated version of this title, originally posted in 2016.

Much of the material in this collection was previously published and is reprinted here, occasionally in revised form, with the permission of the original publisher.

Most of the articles first appeared in Vocations and Prayer.

“Looking for the Sign of Jonah: God’s Revealing Light Today” first appeared in The Way, 38:1 (1998)9-21.

“It is Good for Me to Be Here” first appeared in Praying Magazine in the January- February 1997 issue.

“The Vows ‘from below’” first appeared in the Review of Ignatian Spirituality in 2002.

“Reformulating the Religious Vows” first appeared Review for Religious, 54:4 (1995) 594-99.

Chapters 5 and 9 are previously unpublished.


A collection of reflections and articles by a member of the Society of Jesus, with particular emphasis on the spirituality underlying religious life. Some chapters are commentaries or reflections on the annual messages from Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations in the spring.

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Worcester, Massachusetts


Society of Jesus; Jesuits; Catholic Church; priesthood; religious life; religious vocation; spirituality; prayer


Catholic Studies | Missions and World Christianity | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Getting to Know the God We Believe in: Some Lessons from Religious Life



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