My name is Rebecca Ruiz. I hold a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and an M.A. from Tufts University. I have worked as an ethnomusicologist, composer, in academia, and in diocesan refugee resettlement. I am also a retreat facilitator and spiritual director in the Ignatian Tradition. I am also a wife and mother of two wonderful boys. I love exploring all of the aspects of world cultures especially through music and cuisine.
I was educated by the Dominicans and Jesuits and have taken the Jesuit motto, “Ad majorem Dei gloriam” (for the greater glory of God) as my own. I strive, as St. Ignatius taught, “to see God in all things” and do all things for the greater glory of God.
I am a Catholic Christian. That is, I follow Jesus because I love his peaceful ways, how He walked in humility even though He was God, and how He always operated out of love – gentle and compassionate – in everything He did. I want to “see with the eyes of Christ” and “love with the heart of Christ.” I strive for my modus operandi to be like Jesus’ – I want to operate out of love – without judging, in humility, gentleness and compassion. And, I want to love like He did – unreservedly.
In the past few years, I’ve done a lot of walkin’ on my faith journey. It’s been an interesting journey and I’ve learned a lot from St. Ignatius, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Francis de Sales, St. Teresa of Avila, Padre Pio, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. John Paul II, and Mother Teresa. I also learn from living saints like Pope Francis who seems to be completely consistent in demonstrating, as St. Therese of Lisieux called it, “the Little Way.”
I hope you will walk along with me as I journey on…