Mar
2
2015

Science and the Search for God

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Spirituality

If there is one phrase that sums up the spirituality of Ignatius of Loyola, it is "finding God in all things." A helpful image from the Saint's own story is his lifelong tendency to gaze up at the stars at night. One can guess that he pondered the words of Psalm 8 as he looked up at the heavens: "What are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?"

In a desire to find God in everything, many Jesuits over the centuries have been committed to scientific pursuits.

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Feb
27
2015

How Free Am I? - The Second Sunday of Lent 2015

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Seasons

Who or what in my life is closest to me, so close that I cannot imagine ever being free of that person, trait, possession, position or experience? That question is at play in the first reading from Genesis on this Second Sunday of Lent, the account of Abraham and Isaac in the land of Moriah. Isaac was the only son of Abraham, born to his wife Sarah in her old age. God is asking Abraham to give up his son, his only son. Abraham is ready to say yes to God, not because Isaac is unimportant to him, but because his commitment to God is so great. If God is offering a test, Abraham has passed it and received his son back. Abraham had experienced existential and spiritual freedom.

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Feb
26
2015

Getting to Know The Relations - (4)

Posted by Kevin Burns in Our Daily Lives

For more than 400 years, Jesuits working in Canada have written about their daily life and mission. Originally, their letters were published as The Jesuit Relations (Relations des jésuites). This blog, igNation, continues that tradition with a new series entitled: Getting to Know the Relations.

Using excerpts chosen from the first 200 hundred years of these documents, the series presents vignettes which speak to the timeless heart of Jesuit endeavour: the promotion of discernment in order to help people find God in all things. Today: Praying for spring and looking at the moon

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Feb
25
2015

Fr. Michael Lapierre S.J., Faithful and Prudent Steward

Posted by Paul Robson, SJ in Our Daily Lives

When asking some fellow Jesuits about Fr. Michael Lapierre, one replied that he is a quiet man with a subtle smile; another said that he is an old-fashioned, not glamorous, hard-working man. An image that comes to mind is that of the faithful and prudent servant, whom the master finds awake and at work upon his arrival (Luke 12:42-43).

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Feb
24
2015

Wayside

Posted by John D. O’Brien, SJ in Our Culture

From time to time, over the next few months, 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 John D. O'Brien, SJ, a Jesuit scholastic who is an instructor at Corpus Christi College in Vancouver.

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Feb
23
2015

My Love/Hate Relationship with TV

Posted by Bryan Strassburger, SJ in Our Culture

We all have - in some way or another - a love/hate relationship with TV. In this article, originally posted on The Jesuit post (thejesuitpost.org) on February 16, 2015, Jesuit scholastic, Bryan Strassburger, presents some of the pros and cons for loving/hating some popular Tv show.

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Feb
21
2015

Eternal Life Insurance

Posted by Fred Power, SJ in Our Spirituality

Taking out insurance on property, on travel, on health, and on one's life is recommended as prudent and a wise safeguard. In remuneration for an accident or fire or whatever is unforeseen one is reimbursed for a certain amount depending on the amount requested.

If we apply the same kind of prudent action to what we can call "Etrnal Life" insurance, the premiums are miniscule compared to the forthcoming compensation . We can say and rightly so that the compensation is "out of this world." Of course we are referring to eternal happiness with God in the life that He wants to give us at the time of one's death in this world.

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Feb
20
2015

Midway on our Life's Journey - The First Sunday of Lent 2015

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Seasons

"The Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beats; and the Angels waited on him." This experience of Jesus, related on this opening Sunday of Lent, has often intrigued me. Yes, he was the Son of God. However, he was also a human being.

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Feb
19
2015

Getting to Know The Relations - (3)

Posted by Kevin Burns in Our Daily Lives

For more than 400 years, Jesuits working in Canada have written about their daily life and mission. Originally, their letters were published as The Jesuit Relations (Relations des jésuites). This blog, igNation, continues that tradition with a new series entitled: Getting to Know the Relations.

Using excerpts chosen from the first 200 hundred years of these documents, the series presents vignettes which speak to the timeless heart of Jesuit endeavour: the promotion of discernment in order to help people find God in all things. Today: Learning by watching closely.

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Feb
18
2015

Ash Wednesday - Third Time Lucky?

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Seasons

"I've been looking back over my past posts for igNation and have realized that this is the third consecutive Ash Wednesday I've written about. I was tempted to ask the blogmeister if he could find someone else to write for this year's start of Lent. Then I thought that I shouldn't give up so easily. Perhaps, unbeknownst to him, he is being used by God to get me to dig deeper into what I am being offered by my honest entry into this season."

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