May
23
2015

Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero

Posted by Robert Foliot, SJ in Our Spirituality

Over the next seven days, we will see ordinations at Our Lady of Lourdes in Toronto, the great Feast of Pentecost around the world, and in Rome on Saturday the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero. In today's post, Bert Foliot, SJ writes:"In beatifying Romero, the Church is offering us all a model of how, by listening to the Holy Spirit, we too can be transformed."

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May
22
2015

Pentecost: The Gift of Wisdom

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Seasons

"The Church is celebrating Pentecost again. This blog has explored two gifts of the Holy Spirit on our celebrations of the past two years: courage and knowledge. This time, we look at wisdom. Wisdom is traditionally seen as the first of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. In scripture, wisdom is seen as an attribute of God, "a breath of the power of God ... an image of God's goodness" (Wis 7:25-26). St. Paul says that in Jesus "are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Col 2:3). Mary is seen as the Seat of Wisdom. Through the incarnation, God called her to collaborate in bringing Divine wisdom into the world. Therefore, baptism means that it is possible for us to have a share in God's wisdom."

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May
21
2015

My (insert name of city here) is ..... (1)

Posted by Michael Stogre, 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. Our first stop – Vancouver.

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May
20
2015

Ordinations and Change

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Spirituality

"Ordinations are beautiful events. I usually leave the church with the feeling that I've just participated in a hope-filled celebration and a wonderful statement about church: the joyful family and friends, the words of the ordination ceremony, the carefully-chosen scripture readings, the music and singing, seeing friends I haven't seen in a while, and so on. I'm sure that there are people attending who are disturbed at yet another statement about a male, hierarchical structure. But that seems to fade away for a day."

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May
19
2015

Pentecost - 2015

Posted by Greg Kennedy, SJ in Our Seasons

In celebration of the Feast of Pentecost, Greg Kennedy, SJ - who will be ordained the day before Pentecost = offers us his reflections on Pentecost in this poem.

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May
18
2015

Of Beggars and Banks, Icons and Temples

Posted by Doug McCarthy, SJ in Our Spirituality

"One day I was standing on the corner of Yonge and Bloor Streets in the heart of downtown Toronto when I noticed a woman seated on the sidewalk, leaning against a bank building. She was begging for money and had a container before her with some scattered change in it. In her hands was a sign which read, "Single mother unable to find work." Her eyes were downcast, as if she didn't like what she was doing, and because of that, she possessed a certain nobility."

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May
16
2015

"When Strangers Leave as Friends."

Posted by Admin in Our Spirituality

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May
15
2015

Ascension 2015 - Go Into All The World!

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Seasons

"Sunday's Feast of the Ascension also marks the 49th annual World Communications Day. This is in fitting with the call in the Gospel to go out as witnesses "to the ends of the earth." Mark's Gospel has Jesus say to his followers: "Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.""

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May
14
2015

A Trek to Xavier House in Cheung Chau

Posted by Dom Bautista in Our Daily Lives

"As I tapped "Morneeng" (a special greeting that Fr Elton Fernandes performs exclusively to JAGs that he picked up from Filipinas somewhere) to confirm our 3 pm meeting last December 27, I was excited to be visiting the Xavier Retreat House in Cheung Chau, Hong Kong. I have heard so much about Xavier House from the Wah Yan alumni in our Jesuit Alumni Group that I had to add it to my itinerary. That it would take around two hours each way did not really matter. This was my Christmas gift to myself."

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May
13
2015

Can I Ask a Very Personal Question? (Fact and Opinion, Right and Wrong

Posted by Tim O'Brien, SJ in Our Spirituality

"The scenario is always the same. It's early in the semester, just a few days into my Introduction to Theology class. We are discussing the existence of God, which has always struck me as a logical place to begin a class about, well, God.

"I want to ask you a very personal question," I begin, "but you have to agree to answer it before I tell you what the question is. Any volunteers?"" This article originally appeared in The Jesuit Post (thejesuitpost.org) on March 5, 2015.

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