Nov
21
2014

Four New Pipe Organs for Jesuit Churches

Posted by Joseph Schner, SJ in Our Daily Lives

"At the beginning of each month I am delighted to receive in the mail a copy of The American Organist. This magazine is the journal of the American Guild of Organists, an organization with wide membership in the United States and throughout the world. Each issue of The American Organist features an article on a recently built pipe organ. During the past six years (2008 to 2014) the journal has featured four new pipe organs in Jesuit churches: Madonna Della Strada Chapel at Loyola Chicago, Fordham University Chapel, St. Francis Xavier Church in New York City, and the Dahlgren Chapel at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C."

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Nov
20
2014

Loneliness or Solitude

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Daily Lives

Each month, the Pope asks people throughout the world to join him in praying for intentions of global importance. One deals with a universal need; the other with evangelization. The universal intention for November is for lonely people: "That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others." There is a general sense of loneliness in our culture. Although we have the tools to be more interconnected than ever before, we are often alone, and even lonely, in the midst of these opportunities. Many people experience a deep sense of loneliness, a painful longing for love and friendship that is absent from their lives. Mother Teresa described loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted as "the most terrible poverty."

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Nov
19
2014

Taken Seriously: On Laughter, Life, and Loss

Posted by Brendan Busse, SJ in Our Culture

If there is any compliment worthy of Robin Williams' career as an actor it might be that his death was a reminder of how familiar he felt to us. He portrayed characters we came to love with such authenticity that we began to believe we knew him well. I was saddened by news of his death, but not entirely surprised. Many of us struggle with addiction and depression and I could see a familiar sadness in him. In his performing you got the sense that he was trying very hard. His comedy rushed at the world like a firehose trying to douse the flames of pain. And we lined up to be doused. We threw ourselves again and again into his manic stream of laughter. - The article originally appeared in The Jesuit Post (thejesuitpost.org) on August 26, 2014.

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Nov
18
2014

Gifts

Posted by Monty Williams, SJ in Our Culture

Tuesday is poetry day at igNation. This week's poem - Gifts - is by Monty Williams, SJ.

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Nov
17
2014

What, then, is a Jesuit? Part Two: The Biographical Jesuit

Posted by Kevin Burns in Our Daily Lives

In the past few months IgNation has presented three sets of Jesuit portraits. Jesuits were viewed through the lens of fiction, through the filter of biography, and through the written equivalent of "selfies" – short autobiographical reflections by contemporary Jesuits.

Today, in the second of three articles, IgNation contributor, Kevin Burns, looks through this collection of biographical portraits to identify some of the recurring themes and images. This is what he learned about being a Jesuit from a somewhat random and eclectic set of biographies in a search that began at the Ottawa Public Library.

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Nov
14
2014

16 November, 1989-2014

Posted by Michael Czerny, SJ in Our Daily Lives

Michael Czerny S.J. was director of the Jesuit Centre for Social Faith and Justice in Toronto when, 25 years ago, the eight men and women at the Central American University (UCA) were assassinated. The then Provincial Bill Addley S.J. accompanied Michael to the funeral and, shortly thereafter, missioned him to El Salvador to help re-build the UCA. This is Michael's prayerful reminiscence.

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Nov
13
2014

Canadian Jesuit identity: Eloquent Images New and Old

Posted by Jean Marc Laporte, SJ in Our Spirituality

In late July a meeting of Canadian Jesuits and their non-Jesuit partners took place in Pickering. The purpose was to continue a process of apostolic discernment meant to answer the question: What priorities does God want us to adopt for our apostolic action? With our limited resources, what should we be doing? In our conversations we used the Ignatian tools of communal apostolic discernment. In this form of discernment the group is often invited to give itself a name, a name which helps it express its identity. In our meeting this invitation bore much fruit, because we went beyond names to images.

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Nov
12
2014

Solidarity during the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

Posted by John Perry, SJ in Our Daily Lives

"Since March 2008 I have been working as a teacher and international partner at the Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation (KAICT) in Monrovia, Liberia. Late in 2013 the deadly Ebola virus was discovered in our neighboring country Guinea and in due course it reached us in Liberia. At first the number of cases of Ebola was relatively few. So I took some home leave in Canada in late June. However, by August the disease had spread throughout Liberia as well as Guinea and Sierra Leone. The question arose as to whether I should return to Liberia as I had planned."

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Nov
11
2014

"In Flanders Field"

Posted by Admin in Our Seasons

During the early days of the Second Battle of Ypres a young Canadian artillery officer, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, was killed on 2nd May, 1915 He was serving in the same Canadian artillery unit as a friend of his, the Canadian military doctor and artillery commander Major John McCrae.

As the brigade doctor, John McCrae was asked to conduct the burial service for Alexis because the chaplain had been called away It is believed that later that evening, after the burial, John began the draft for his now famous poem "In Flanders Fields".

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Nov
10
2014

What, then, is a Jesuit? Part One: The fictional Jesuit

Posted by Kevin Burns in Our Daily Lives

In the past few months IgNation has presented three sets of Jesuit portraits. Jesuits were viewed through the lens of fiction, through the filter of biography, and through the written equivalent of "selfies" – short autobiographical reflections by contemporary Jesuits.

Today, in the first of three articles, IgNation contributor, Kevin Burns, looks through this collection of portraits to identify some of the recurring themes and images. This is what he learned about being a Jesuits from a somewhat random and eclectic set of novels.

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