Eric Clayton is the author of Cannonball Moments: Telling Your Story, Deepening Your Faith and the deputy director of communications at the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, two young daughters and their cat, Sebastian. Follow Eric’s writing at

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5 ways sharing your story can deepen your faith

Perspective: Storytelling is a spiritual practice that can deepen our faith in ourselves, our community and our God. Here are five mantras to help you cultivate a spirituality of storytelling.


Touching a melting glacier brought climate change to my fingertips

We can no longer pretend that the problems are far away. Rather, we need to thrust our arms into the freezing water of the proverbial melting glacier and let it wake us up to the signs of the present moment.


Concerning mermaids, princesses and God

Perspective: God's story is more like these fairy tales, pieces of a great narrative tapestry that stretch back further than we can know. We're still weaving it together. We're still imagining what it might become.


The redemption of 'Obi-Wan Kenobi'

While the latest installment of "Star Wars" gives us action-packed blaster battles, lightsaber fights, gasp-worthy cameos and a few questionable plot decisions — the real story is a spiritual one.