Sep
30
2014

Tripping Over Self

Posted by John D. O’Brien, SJ in Our Culture

From time to time, over the next few months, as part of the "Our Culture" section, igNation will post poetry written by Jesuits. Poems from Gerard Manley Hopkins and St. Robert Southwell will appear as well as poems by contemporary Jesuits. Today's poem is by John D. O'Brien, SJ, a Jesuit scholastic who is an instructor at Corpus Christi College in Vancouver.

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Sep
29
2014

Keyword: Jesuit, Genre: Autobiography - What Being A Jesuit Means to Me . . . Len Altilia, SJ

Posted by Len Altilia, 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 Len Altilia, SJ

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Sep
26
2014

Wine Tour or Pilgrimage?

Posted by Gregory Carruthers, SJ in Our Daily Lives

Late in September a group of seminarians invited me along with them for a wine tour in the Niagara wine region. This was our "second annual" such excursion. Our "first annual" last fall was so much fun we decided to do it again this year. It was apparent to all that the spiritual director in me was coming out when I suggested that, instead of calling it a "wine tour" we refer to it as a "wine pilgrimage". After all, as I explained, "tours are for the unspiritual, pilgrimages for the spiritual."

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Sep
26
2014

Beyond the Screen - Silver Linings Playbook and Django

Posted by John J. Pungente, SJ in Our Culture

In 2012, David O. Russell's romantic comedy "Silver Linings Playbook" won the hearts of many and an Academy Award for Jennifer Lawrence. What possible connection could there be between that movie and Quentin Tarantino's violent "Django"?

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Sep
25
2014

Anatomy of a Mystery

Posted by Frank Obrigewitsch, SJ in Our Culture

On this poetry Tuesday, in "Anatomy of a Mystery", Frank Obrigewitsch, SJ writes about a very painful illness and how, even in misery, one becomes aware of something special.

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Sep
24
2014

An Encounter with Padre Pio

Posted by Viola Athaide in Our Spirituality

Yesterday was the feast of St. Padre Pio. Viola Athaide recounts a 1960 encounter with Pio of Pietrelcina, O.F.M. Cap. commonly known as Padre Pio, a friar, priest, stigmatist, and mystic of the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor Capuchin.

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Sep
23
2014

Climate, Faith and Hope: Faith traditions together for a common future

Posted by Admin in Our Daily Lives

Today's posting is a breaking news story about climate change. Building on earlier interfaith declarations over the past 5 years, the 2014 Interfaith Summit on Climate Change has adopted a strong statement directed to heads of state, international negotiators and faith communities. The statement was presented to the UN Secretary General with a view to the Summit of Heads of State on 23 September.

Poetry Tuesday moves - for this week - to Thursday.

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Sep
22
2014

Keyword: Jesuit, Genre: Autobiography - What Being a Jesuit Means to Me.... Jean-Marc Laporte, SJ

Posted by Jean Marc Laporte, SJ in Our Spirituality

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 both components of this series we hear what others think about what it means to be a Jesuit – in fiction and in biography.

This new series will be about Jesuit life - presented by Jesuits, rather than through the observations and interpretations of others.

Today's posting is by Jean-Marc Laporte SJ

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Sep
20
2014

Jim Profit: Environmentalist, Community Activist and my Spiritual Father

Posted by Dan Leckman, SJ in Our Daily Lives

Five and a half years ago, I did something that I had never done in my life up to that point: I packed up everything I felt I needed to survive, left my family and friends behind, and opened up a new chapter to my life. I moved in with a community of Jesuits in Guelph, Ontario to begin a year of candidacy with the Society of Jesus.

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Sep
19
2014

What's In A Name?

Posted by Eric Jensen, SJ in Our Spirituality

Jesus didn't name his parables, so what title should we give this one? When we name parables we draw attention to one of the characters, but to which character do we want to draw attention? The parable we began with has usually been called, the Parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard, but are they really what the parable is all about? Could it not also be called, the Parable of the Compassionate Employer? Is it about him or is it about the labourers? In either case, the parable raises still more questions:

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