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John Staudenmaier, S.J., "Making Decisions for a Better Life"

This UDMcast features John Staudenmaier, S.J., recorded March 31, 2006. Running time is 1 hour 1 minute 52 seconds. Select UDMcast format below.

John Staudenmaier, S.J.

John Staudenmaier, S.J., UDM's assistant to the president for Mission and Identity, presented this talk as part of his series on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. In this talk, Fr. Staudenmaier reflects on the following ideas:

How, through my adult life, do I decide when to stick with the commitments I already have and when to change some of those commitments?

Adults make such changes all the time: taking a new job, leaving our home and buying another, getting married, choosing a new career, driving up north for the weekend instead of staying home, pausing in the mid-morning's work to get a cup of coffee… large and small changes of one's present set of commitments; humans do this a lot.

But adults also stick with commitments a lot: we will stay in our home at this address; we will stay married even though it is hard; I will stick with my career; I will keep working on this task (and not go out for a cup of coffee now). The Spiritual Exercise teaches a method for discerning when to stick and when to change, about small and large matters.

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