Sep
16
2014

a calling

Posted by Monty Williams, SJ in Our Culture

Tuesdays are poetry day at igNation. Today's poem - "a calling" is by Monty Williams, SJ

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Sep
15
2014

Keyword: Jesuit, Genre: Autobiography - What Being A Jesuit Means to me . . . Frank Obrigewitsch, SJ

Posted by Frank Obrigewitsch, SJ in Our Daily Lives

In May 2014, igNation launched a series exploring the Jesuit identity as it is expressed in works of fiction: "Keyword: Jesuit, Genre: Fiction". This was followed by the series "Keyword: Jesuit, Genre: Biography". In these two series we hear what others think about what it means to be a Jesuit – in fiction and in biography.

This new series – "Keyword: Jesuit, Genre: Autobiography" – will explore what it means to be a Jesuit today – as told in their own words by Canadian Jesuits. The articles – written for igNation –are as different in expression and format as the men who wrote them.

Today's posting is by Frank Obrigewitsch, SJ

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Sep
12
2014

When Nerds Rock Out: The Unusual Marriage of Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer

Posted by Eric Hanna, SJ in Our Culture

There's no question that I have always been a nerd. I'm not defensive about the definition of nerds and their sub-classes. I don't fight over which of Star Wars or Star Trek was better. But I like to think of myself as a gentle, introverted, imaginative person with glasses and no desire or likelihood of ever being 'cool'.

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Sep
11
2014

The in-between Place

Posted by Jenny Cafiso in Our Daily Lives

I stand on the dock in San Lorenzo, a port town in the north coast of Ecuador, overlooking the intricate network of channels through which the river makes its way into green forest. I am close to the border with Colombia. It is here, in this in-between place, that small boats arrive carrying refugees from Colombia, who are escaping the violence that despite the much touted peace negotiations shows no signs of abating. Over 5 million people have been internally displaced by violence in Colombia, while over 1,000 refugees a month continue to arrive in Ecuador seeking asylum. It is a war fuelled by power and greed, rooted in inequality and injustice.

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Sep
10
2014

"Do Monkeys Go To Heaven?" - A Book Review

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Culture

The path through which many people find a sense of the divine is through nature. Fr. John McCarthy, a Canadian Jesuit, offers a series of reflections on the way he has come to an intimate knowledge of the divine in Do Monkeys Go To Heaven? (just published by Novalis). Full disclosure: McCarthy and I are both natives of St. John's, Newfoundland, and live in the same Jesuit community. Of course I'm going to recommend the book!

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Sep
9
2014

the silence of the day

Posted by Monty Williams, SJ in Our Culture

Tuesday is poetry day at igNation. Today's poem - "the silence of the day" - is by Monty Williams, SJ

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Sep
8
2014

Keyword: Jesuit, Genre: Autobiography - What Being A Jesuit Means to Me . . . Bill Ryan, SJ

Posted by Bill Ryan, SJ in Our Daily Lives

In May, igNation launched a series exploring the Jesuit identity as it is expressed in works of fiction: "Keyword: Jesuit, Genre: Fiction". This was followed by the series "Keyword: Jesuit, Genre: Biography". In these two series we hear what others think about what it means to be a Jesuit – in fiction and in biography.

This new series – "Keyword: Jesuit, Genre: Autobiography" – will explore what it means to be a Jesuit today – as told in their own words by Canadian Jesuits. The articles – written for igNation –are as different in expression and format as the men who wrote them.

Today's posting is by Bill Ryan, SJ

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Sep
5
2014

Is Sherlock Holmes the Paragon of Human Rationality?

Posted by Adam Hincks, SJ in Our Culture

"Elementary!", Sherlock Holmes is famous for saying to a baffled Dr. Watson when he grasps a key insight for solving a crime. There is something magical about Sherlock Holmes's ability to see evidence in clues that people around him miss. It is a skill that we all admire and desire to possess for ourselves. Perhaps this is the reason the popularity of the two current television adaptations of this fictional detective, Sherlock (set in modern London) and Elementary (set in modern Manhattan). Both depict not only Sherlock's uncanny intelligence but also his eccentric character and lack of social skills. Juxtaposed with his cerebral skills, these traits that make him a very entertaining character to watch.

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Sep
4
2014

Why is The World Green?

Posted by John McCarthy, SJ in Our Daily Lives

I love the forest at this time of the year. Every nook and cranny pulses life. Delicate herbs are brightly flowered, taking advantage of the leafless forest canopy, straining the gaining light as the sun moves higher in the spring sky. Shrub tips flicker with the tantalizing tenderness of new growth. Even the ancient cedar stumps, slumping into the forest floor, are dappled with brilliant ephemeral mushrooms poking through the spongy remains of the former forest denizens. Any everywhere is green.

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Sep
3
2014

But What About The Crumbs?

Posted by Erik Oland, SJ in Our Daily Lives

I was a good eater as a kid but when it came time for first communion I had major trouble with the wafer host most commonly used in our parishes. It felt so strange on my tongue, so dry and unappetizing, that I had trouble swallowing. As the date of the celebration approached and I seemed to be getting nowhere, my mom had the smarts to ask Sister for a few extra 'practice hosts' so that we could rehearse at home. Luckily, by the time that the celebration came around I made it through without embarrassing myself.

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