In section 234 of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius we are encouraged to "bring to memory the benefits received" when we reflect on our experiences. In the chaos of the violent events in Ottawa on October 22, 2014, igNation contributor Kevin Burns was caught up in a flood of memories of another violent event in Canada. Today he writes about the experience of seeing one through media coverage and how this "brought to memory" another violent event that he witnessed much closer. As the chaotic events unfolded in Ottawa, memories of a day he spent in Montreal began to take over. He's titled the piece: Something Simple.[Read Post]
Living with limits, living well! Hints for neighbours on an endangered planet is a wonderful publication intended for people concerned with the condition of our beleaguered world. Its authors are Bill Ryan, SJ and Janet Somerville with Anne O'Brien, gsic and Anne-Marie Jackson, the Director of the Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice. In its forward, Archbishop Paul-André Durocher, President of the CCCB, fittingly describes this work as "a sign of hope in our world."[Read Post]
From time to time, as part of the "Our Culture" section, , igNation will post poetry written by Jesuits. Poems from Gerard Manley Hopkins and St. Robert Southwell will appear as well as poems by contemporary Jesuits. Today's poem is by Greg Kennedy, SJ, who is studying theology at Regis College in Toronto.[Read Post]
In May 2014, igNation launched a series exploring the Jesuit identity as it is expressed in works of fiction: "Keyword: Jesuit, Genre: Fiction". This was followed by the series "Keyword: Jesuit, Genre: Biography". In these two series we hear what others think about what it means to be a Jesuit – in fiction and in biography.
This new series – "Keyword: Jesuit, Genre: Autobiography" – will explore what it means to be a Jesuit today – as told in their own words by Canadian Jesuits. The articles – written for igNation –are as different in expression and format as the men who wrote them.
Today's Posting - What It Means to Me to Be A Jesuit Today - is s by Bill Robins, SJ[Read Post]
Father Bernard Basset, ,S.J, was an outstanding Jesuit priest in England who was highly successful as a communicator in writing and speaking. He gave a series of talks on personal prayer that were broadcast on the then world-wide Sacred Heart Program on radio. They were subsequently published in the Canadian Messenger of the Sacred Heart magazine.[Read Post]
What did Jesus look like? Tall or lean? Short or pudgy? Was his nose crooked or straight? The Gospels are mute on the physical appearance of Jesus.
Strange, when you think of it, that the one person who started a global movement like no other, has left us no bodily image (pace, the Shroud of Turin). Why did the disciples not care to create a picture, carving or image of their Lord and Saviour?[Read Post]
As I grow older, I become increasingly aware that there is injustice in the world--big time.
Unfortunately, I haven't a clue what to do about it.
The disproportion between my intellectual awareness and my practical cluelessness makes me uneasy--so much so that it is increasingly difficult to ignore. I really must do something about it. But what?
That's where the Jesuit Forum comes in.[Read Post]
Today is Canadian Thanksgiving. As Philip Shane, SJ writes in today's post, "This Thanksgiving Day provides us with another reminder of God's countless gifts and unlimited goodness, reasons for a constant stance of gratitude."[Read Post]