Sep
3
2015

Spiders, Thieves and Mambas

Posted by Joseph Gavin, SJ in Our Daily Lives

Some thought I was daft to head off to Lusaka, Zambia, in January 1988. They may have been right, of course. When I arrived nothing had been arranged for me: no teaching, no parish ministry, nothing, and that despite assurances from the Jesuit authorities there that considerable work awaited me.

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Sep
3
2015

The Balancing Game

Posted by Artur Suski, SJ in Our Spirituality

I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to direct Ignatian retreats at the Jesuit retreat house in Guelph, Loyola House. I've learned a tonne about Ignatian retreats as well as about the complexity of the human experience. This includes the "characters" whom I've encountered. After I've given enough of these Ignatian retreats, I begin to see certain patterns in peoples' lives. I'd like to share with you a significant pattern that I've been noticing in a large part of my retreatants: it is the challenge to live a balanced life.

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Sep
2
2015

Opportunities for the Young

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Spirituality

"Youth unemployment is an issue around the world. We see it firsthand here in North America, but it is also in evidence throughout the world, whether developed or developing. Those who reflect on youth unemployment worry about the long-term effects on both the young and our culture."

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Sep
1
2015

The Use of Tools

Posted by Monty Williams, SJ in Our Culture

In today's poem for igNations's Poetry Tuesdays, Monty Williams, SJ writes of the use of tools.

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Aug
31
2015

A Relationship with Art

Posted by Matt White, SJ in Our Culture

What do you do when you visit an art gallery? A silly question? Maybe not. Matt White, SJ writes: "While I was in D.C., I came across a New York Times article about the experience of being in an art museum. The author, Holland Cotter, examines the experience of seeing art in person. He describes this experience as a sort of relationship, like a dance. While the internet has made access to art instantaneous, which is good, Cotter fears that if the internet becomes our sole medium of experiencing art, we will miss out on so much of what art offers. Art is something that is best experienced slowly and in person." The article is reprinted with permission from The Jesuit Post (thejesuitpost.org), April 22, 2015,

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Aug
31
2015

The Greatest and the Least: Praying with Laudato Si'

Posted by John Shea, SJ in Our Spirituality

"Pope Francis's latest encyclical, Laudato Si, dives into our present ecological crisis and gives us theological teaching. It provides rigorous sociological analysis, calls for dialogue, and suggests action steps. But most importantly, Laudato Si invites us into prayer. As a priest who studies the ecology of parasites, I found myself drawn to the following three themes." John Shea, SJ originally published this article in The Jesuit Post (thejesuitpost.org)

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Aug
30
2015

Deliver Us From Pollution!

Posted by Michael Czerny, SJ in Our Seasons

"Like the Catholic First Sunday of Advent, in the Orthodox liturgical calendar going back to Byzantine times, the 1st of September is the first day of the ecclesiastical year. In 1989, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew decided to devote every 1st of September to praying for the environment. He commissioned a contemporary hymnographer from Mount Athos to compose special hymns for that day."

This post is by Michael Czerny S.J. who works in the President's Office, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. In 2014 the Council was charged by Pope Francis to prepare the first draft of the Encyclical, signed on Pentecost 2015.

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Aug
29
2015

On The Road (6)

Posted by Andrea Carandang in Our Daily Lives

"It seemed like a long time ago since I left Toronto to spend most of my summer in Regina, working at Mother Teresa Middle School. Indeed, three months have come and gone and I soon will depart Regina to return to Toronto (although by the time that this blog is published, I will be back in Toronto). This experience has been fulfilling in more ways than I could have ever imagined. I have grown in many aspects of my life and discovered things about me that I could have never done had I not gone away."

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Aug
28
2015

Confronting Inner Prejudices

Posted by Lucas Shama, SJ in Our Daily Lives

Do we make judgements based on race and ethnicity? Lucas Shama asks: "How do we address a problem so large, when, we ourselves don't seem to harbor racist views or know racist people?" This article is reprinted with permission from The Jesuit Post (thejesuitpost,org) April 20, 2015.

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Aug
27
2015

Another day, Another prophet of doom

Posted by Paul Sullivan in Our Daily Lives

Ho-hum. Another day, another prophet of doom. Today's Cassandra du Jour is someone named Benjamin Strauss from something called Climate Central. Benjamin concludes that without an immediate deep reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, 1700 US cities will be under water by the end of this century.

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