Debra Black

A cradle Catholic, Debra Black received the gift of completing the full 19th annotation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1998 under individual direction of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She repeated the exercises in 2001 and remained an Associate to the Loreto Sisters through 2009. In 2015 she was missioned through the Lanteri Center for Ignatian Spirituality to provide spiritual direction and lead the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. She also is a perpetual member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, former Commissioner for the city of Glendale, AZ and has decades of parish and community service. Over 40 years of professional experience includes 32 years of leadership in international higher education. Debra is mother to Sienna and resides in Bellingham, Washington. You can follow her work at

Articles By Debra Black

Thou Shalt Renew the Face of the Earth

“However, for the rest of us, the Spirit’s fruits seen in our actions are preceded by a change in our perspective, a perspective that differs in its clarity and purity because our eyes now see with Love. These fruits become our attitude.” – Debra Black


His Heart Breaks For Me

“It is important to ‘own’ our sin. But it is also important to stand in awe of Him who in that very same moment has chosen to suffer the consequence of it.” – Debra Black



“Just as our Father kept the secret of His Son throughout history, He wants us to share with Him the deepest secrets in our heart.” – Debra Black


Our Pillar of Strength

“Our Lady of the Pillar, our pillar of strength, is not only patroness of Spain but of all Hispanic peoples throughout the world.” – Debra Black

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