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 - What It Means to Me to Be A Jesuit Today - is s by Bill Robins, SJ[Read Post]
Father Bernard Basset, ,S.J, was an outstanding Jesuit priest in England who was highly successful as a communicator in writing and speaking. He gave a series of talks on personal prayer that were broadcast on the then world-wide Sacred Heart Program on radio. They were subsequently published in the Canadian Messenger of the Sacred Heart magazine.[Read Post]
What did Jesus look like? Tall or lean? Short or pudgy? Was his nose crooked or straight? The Gospels are mute on the physical appearance of Jesus.
Strange, when you think of it, that the one person who started a global movement like no other, has left us no bodily image (pace, the Shroud of Turin). Why did the disciples not care to create a picture, carving or image of their Lord and Saviour?[Read Post]
As I grow older, I become increasingly aware that there is injustice in the world--big time.
Unfortunately, I haven't a clue what to do about it.
The disproportion between my intellectual awareness and my practical cluelessness makes me uneasy--so much so that it is increasingly difficult to ignore. I really must do something about it. But what?
That's where the Jesuit Forum comes in.[Read Post]
Today is Canadian Thanksgiving. As Philip Shane, SJ writes in today's post, "This Thanksgiving Day provides us with another reminder of God's countless gifts and unlimited goodness, reasons for a constant stance of gratitude."[Read Post]
What would happen if a grade six teacher assigned an A plus to every student in the class? The sharp and the dull; the industrious and the lazy; the studious and the sloppy--all receive a big, fat A plus. My teaching career was short, only two years. That, however, was enough time to enable me to predict the outcome of this pedagogical experiment.[Read Post]
For three decades, a made in Canada Jesuit initiative has tried, as Pope Francis says, "to walk as the people walk today." This year, the Toronto-based Jesuit Communication Project is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Today, igNation presents the second of a special extended two-part series on the JCP's history and its achievements. "Setting Hearts on Fire" is written by igNation contributor, Kevin Burns, who is also a long-time member of the JCP's advisory board.[Read Post]
The Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice was established in 2007 to support education and engagement on a variety of social and ecological justice related issues. The Forum focuses on small group discussion and emphasizes listening and developing trust in others as the way to connect, understand and become active in confronting injustices.[Read Post]