Basic Needs: 3-Minute Retreat

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Tim Muldoon shares his reflection on today’s retreat:

Reading today’s retreat called to mind the story of Nguyễn Văn Thuận, who spent 13 years in prison in Vietnam, nine of them in solitary confinement.

In his moving spiritual exercises written under the direction of Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Thuận recounts how he survived that long ordeal by calling to mind the intimacy of Christ at all times.

He reminds us that most things we think we need—and certainly everything we think we want—comes from glancing nervously around at others. Aside from food and water, the one needful thing is the grace of God, which is poured out to us in exactly the same amount as we allow God to pour it out to others through ourselves.

Tim Muldoon

Tim Muldoon

​Tim Muldoon is a theologian, professor, and author of many books including The Ignatian Workout and, with Sue Muldoon, The Discerning Parent: An Ignatian Guide to Raising your Teen.

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Books by Tim Muldoon

The Ignatian Workout for Lent

40 Days of Prayer, Reflection, and Action

Tim Muldoon offers readers 40 brief spiritual exercises to bolster their faith during Lent through the lens of Ignatian spirituality.

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Longing to Love

A Memoir of Desire, Relationships, and Spiritual Transformation

In Longing to Love, a beautifully written and refreshingly honest love memoir, best-selling author Tim Muldoon reveals how true love grows through the unexpected twists and turns in a relationship.

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Living Against the Grain

How to Make Decisions That Lead to an Authentic Life

This highly practical and informative book teaches readers how to discern their deepest desires and discover their true purpose in, and for, this world.

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