Mar
31
2015

Rewind Forward

Posted by Greg Kennedy, SJ in Our Seasons

As we begin the Holy Week Triduum - Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday - Greg Kennedy, SJ, offers us this poem.

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Mar
30
2015

There Was a Man by the Name of James.

Posted by Doug McCarthy, SJ in Our Daily Lives

"Community is coloured by the richness and diversity of the personalities of its members. The fabric of a community has been dyed and tinted by the many unique individuals who grace its life with their presence. Once I lived in a community that had a high turnover of some off-the-wall characters. One of them was a man by the name of James."

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Mar
28
2015

What Did Jesus do Wrong?

Posted by Fred Power, SJ in Our Spirituality

We know that the answer to that question is "Jesus did nothing wrong?" But not everyone would agree. Those who don't accept Jesus have their own criticism of Jesus to justify to themselves why they are not His followers. But in the world today, the number of members of the Catholic Chuch cited in the public press at the time when Pope Francis was elected was one billion two hundred million (1,200,000,000). If the other Christians who accept Christ are added to that figure, then we have a fantastic number of followers of Jesus. As the saying goes, "He must have done something right to have succeeded so admirably."

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Mar
27
2015

Palm Sunday 2015 – The Doorway to a Sacred Journey

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Seasons

Pope Benedict XVI described Palm Sunday as "the great doorway leading into Holy Week," the week when the Lord Jesus makes his way toward the culmination of his earthly existence and journeys through the greatest mysteries of human life.

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Mar
26
2015

Getting to Know the Relations - (7)

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: Reducing wait times in a busy clinic

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Mar
25
2015

Annunciation – The Way of Humility

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Seasons

We are just nine months from Christmas! Yes, today the Church celebrates the Annunciation, the announcement of our salvation. We hear the Gospel story of the Angel Gabriel appearing to a perplexed Mary and asking her to bear a son, to be named Jesus. This fulfils the earlier prophecy of Isaiah: "The young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel, for God is with us."

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Mar
24
2015

Annunciation

Posted by Monty Williams, SJ in Our Seasons

On today's poetry Tuesday, Monty Williams, SJ, writes in anticipation of the Feast of the Annunciation which is celebrated tomorrow.

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Mar
23
2015

The Supreme Court and Jesuit Education

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Daily Lives

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled last Thursday on Loyola High School v. Quebec (Attorney General). The Court ruled that Quebec infringed on the religious freedom of Loyola High School by refusing it an exemption from teaching the province's Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) program. The ruling basically means that Loyola can teach the ERC program from a Catholic perspective, as opposed to the secular perspective mandated by the province.

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Mar
21
2015

A Lenten Reflection

Posted by Jenny Cafiso in Our Seasons

"As Jesus faces his impending fate, he says he is "troubled". Yet despite his fears he feels he can not pull back, that he has to fulfill the purpose of his life.

As I sat with these words, the face of a very fearful young woman I met two years ago in India came to my mind. It was in a rural area in Madhya Pradesh. When we arrived after a few hours drive in a very bumpy road, Sister Jocelynne who is also a nurse, told me that during the night she had assisted a woman to give birth to a little girl. She asked me if I wanted to see her."

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Mar
20
2015

“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies …” - The Fifth Sunday of Lent 2015

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Seasons

Which religion is the most persecuted around the world? According to the International Society for Human Rights, up to 80% of acts of persecution are directed at people of the Christian faith, even though just a third of the world's population is Christian. The Holy See reports that over 100,000 Christians are violently killed annually because of some relation to their faith. The World Evangelical Alliance estimates that over 200 million Christians are denied fundamental human rights, solely because of their faith.

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