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  • Higher Love

    [For full blog reading experience, please play Higher Love by Steve Winwood (the original) or by James Vincent McMorrow (a great cover)] 

    Hello again!  Welcome back.  As I finally returned to school after Snowpocalypse last week I noticed how close I am to graduating.  I have the rest of this quarter (about 7 weeks) and then one more quarter.  I will be done in June. 




    My post grad plans so far involve me moving back home to Beaverton and regrouping to figure out my plans from there.  Many of my friends are applying to graduate school and post-grad service but I personally felt a need to take some time to figure out what I want to do.  As I discern, which we do a lot at Jesuit schools, I feel the desire to go to graduate school.  This is actually a pretty big deal since I usually struggle with making decisions and choosing what to do.  Although I do not know exactly where I would go to school or what specific program I would be in, I do know that it would be something I would be passionate about.  It’s an exciting feeling to start to realize this whole new path that you could be going down.  I’ll figure it out as I go along! 

    Discernment involves looking within yourself to find your own joys, passions and more. Only you can decide what brings you joy.  My Ignatian Spirituality class is discussing discernment right now which is very fitting for this time in my life.  It involves using clues from your whole self and looking inside yourself. 

    This relates to my participation in SEEL this year which has been one of the best experiences I have had at SU.  SEEL stands for Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life and is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.  We commit to daily prayer and meet up for group meetings twice a month in addition to our own personal meetings with a spiritual director.  I love my spiritual director.  She has been so supportive and open in this process.  I am not Catholic so I was a little hesitant at first but SEEL is so adaptable to each person and focuses on finding God (whatever that may be to you) in your everyday life.  Ignatian Spirituality is a spirituality for busy people and fits in really with my busy college life. 

    For some reason, Higher Love has been a song on my mind as of late.  Both versions I have posted offer different things to me.  One is very upbeat while the other a little more haunting and contemplative.  I think we all have a higher love that is a part of us and it is up to us to discern and find what that is.  

    Yours truly,

    Ben Neal



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