Jul
4
2015

God in the Air

Posted by Paul Robson, SJ in Our Spirituality

"In Ignatian spirituality, there is an expression about "finding God in all things." I would say that this phrase can be taken at least a couple of different ways. It might refer to finding God in one's interior life, through all of one's experiences. All experiences are, or can become, spiritual experiences, as we search for how God is calling us through them. As well, there's another way of interpreting this phrase: that God is actually right in all things."

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Jul
3
2015

How Does God Get My Attention?

Posted by Erik Oland, SJ in Our Spirituality

"'Finding God's will' or 'responding to God's call' is central to the Christian journey. It is also central to many of the Bible stories that we know so well. Still, one aspect of 'call' that we don't often speak about is "how does God get one's attention in the first place?" That is, God doesn't so much call directly as if to say 'Erik, I want you to become a Jesuit priest' but rather, God takes his time and allows one to wake up to the plans that he has for each of us. "

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Jul
2
2015

My (insert name of city here) is ..... (7)

Posted by Bernie Carroll, SJ in Our Daily Lives

For over 400 years, Jesuits and their colleagues have had a presence in Canada. Today they work coast to coast - from Vancouver to St.John's. In this series igNation invites you to join us as we travel across Canada stopping at cities where there are Jesuit apostolates to read personal reflections about the city and the work being done there. Today we visit Midland, Ontario.

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Jul
1
2015

Honest Politicians and Canada Day

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Seasons

"Pope Francis invites us to pray for those in political life: "that political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity." It would be too easy to use this posting to speak of the crimes and misdemeanors of politicians of every stripe and at every level of elected office: the Senate, the Parliament of Canada, provincial legislatures, municipal government, and so on.

It's difficult to maintain a positive view of political figures in a world with non-stop news of corruption and greed. It seems that it is usually toward themselves and their cronies that politicians direct the "high form of charity". But it's Canada Day and so it's best to take the moral high road."

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Jun
30
2015

Psalm 153

Posted by Greg Kennedy, SJ in Our Culture

In today's poem, Greg Kennedy offers us a modern interpretation of Psalm 153.

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Jun
29
2015

Worth Trying: Go For A Walk

Posted by Alex Placke in Our Daily Lives

"I am a pretty restless person. Anyone that knows me can tell you that I'm not one to enjoy sitting around all day behind a book. Although I am known to enjoy a full day of Netflix every once in a while, I always feel disgusting afterwards. Luckily for me, this past year I have had the pleasure of living in an extremely walkable city. Since the start of the year my feet have taken me over 600 miles (the equivalent of the length of the UK). Every step of my walks has been an adventure and a half whether it was taken with a friend, by myself, or with Spotify keeping me company. Here are five reasons why I think you too should try taking a walk every once in a while!" This article originally appeared in The Jesuit Post (thejesuitpost.org) on March 30, 2015.

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Jun
28
2015

Meet My Dad and His Ferryboat

Posted by Paul Baker, SJ in Our Daily Lives

"We lived in the village of Tilley, NB. It was located in the Upper St. John River Valley about an hour and a half drive from the New Brunswick/Quebec border. My dad was a ferryman on the river between two rural villages, Tilley on the east bank and Morrell Siding on the West Bank. The about 1944 photo shows my dad standing on the unloading ramp/apron after it had docked on the West Bank."

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Jun
27
2015

On The Road (2)

Posted by Andrea Carandang in Our Daily Lives

This is the second in a series written by Andrea Carandang, a student in the Concurrent Teaching Education Program at St. Michael's College, University of Toronto, spending the summer as a Jesuit Volunteer with Mother Teresa Middle School in Regina. In this posting Andrea talks about a Grade 8 retreat.

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Jun
26
2015

Contemplation - Entering into the Joy of the Dance

Posted by Doug McCarthy, SJ in Our Spirituality

"I once lived with a woman named Janet who has Downs Syndrome and who loves dance. Once she invited me to go to a ballet with her. I had never seen a ballet before, nor did I know much about ballet. To make matters worse, this particular ballet was a modern one."

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Jun
26
2015

God in the Earthquake

Posted by Bill Robins, SJ in Our Daily Lives

Bill Robins, SJ, sends us this report from Nepal and asks an important question: "Now that the rescues are over and the dead blessed, buried, and cremated, we can slow down a little and ask, "What has God said to me, to us, through this experience?"

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