Our Televisions Contain a Reservoir of Grace

Writer Jim McDermott, SJ, wonders: whether our televisions contain a reservoir of grace just waiting to be discovered. The stories we choose, the characters we follow, the plot lines that affect us—they are not arbitrary. We watch what we watch, because on some level, it speaks to our hopes, fears, and needs. Read the entire piece, “Finding God on a TV Screen.” What have you noticed when you take the time to pay attention to […]

Encountering the Risen Christ

James Hanvey, SJ, writes in Thinking Faith that we can “Let him Easter in us” by exploring what the Gospels say about the appearances of the risen Christ. One of the lessons involves the quietness in the accounts: Like all those who encounter the risen Christ, it takes us time to adjust, to come into focus. You will notice that it is the risen Christ who comes to us, not we who can summon him. […]

Stop for Prayer

In a post at God in All Things, Tony Krzmarzick admits that, just like he requests a stop on public transit, he needs to remember his stop for prayer. For me, it looks like setting aside 10 minutes a day to sit on my couch, close my eyes, and rest. It means shutting off my mind, settling my heart, and resting deeply in the knowledge knowing that the God of all the universe is holding […]

Pope’s Message for Lent

Pope Francis wants that “the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy” (Misericordiae Vultus, 17). He picks up on that theme in his message for Lent 2016: God’s mercy transforms human hearts; it enables us, through the experience of a faithful love, to become merciful in turn. In an ever new miracle, divine mercy shines forth in our lives, inspiring each […]

Intergenerational Socializing

Ashley McKinless, associate editor of America, reflects on intergenerational socializing and her recent pilgrimage in “Pathfinding in Spain.” It’s worth reading the full article, but the conclusion offers good food for thought in terms of the value of mixed-generational relationships. McKinless writes: Ignatius’ conversion might have begun with Pamplona; but the still-unfolding story of the Jesuits began with the 38-year-old pilgrim moving in with a couple of 20-somethings at the University of Paris. What lessons […]

A Jesuit’s Pilgrimage Experience

At Jesuits.org, Dan Dixon, SJ, shares his story of pilgrimage to Mexico in 2013, with his initial anxiety and eventual embracing of the experience. Oaxaca was possibly my favorite city I visited in pilgrimage. I started having fun. I began speaking the language with greater fluency. I was asked to give a number of talks to various groups and assist with different ministries. The embarrassment I had about what I was saying had gone away. […]

No Excuse for a Closed Heart

Another question I ask: in the evening, how do you conclude your day? With the Lord or in front of the television? How is your relationship with those who help you to be more merciful? That is, how is your relationship with the children, with the elderly, with the sick? Do you know how to reassure them, or are you embarrassed to caress an elderly person? Do not be ashamed of the flesh of your […]

Competitive Spirit

How strong is your competitive spirit? Garrett Gundlach, SJ, considers trophy collections and a recent cut-throat board game night. “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” they say. But that just sounds like another participation trophy to me. It sounds like winning a pity prize simply for showing up, for surviving. All this is as exhausting as it is egocentric. I want out, but I’m hooked. I cannot be “my best” until […]

Finding God in Amsterdam

Jim Corkery, SJ, is a member of the Irish Jesuit Province and teaches theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He recently joined a group of Jesuits sent out in small groups to participate in Jesuit life in different parts of Northwest Europe. Corkery reflects on his experience Finding God in Amsterdam: The mission of a Jesuit, expressed in broadest terms, is to bring God to the world and the world to God. This […]

Not Many Things But Much

A Latin proverb adds a spiritual dimension to the point: non multa sed multum, or “not many things but much.” Jesuits didn’t coin that phrase, though I’ve heard it attributed to them, probably because its spirit so closely aligns with other Jesuit ideals. The quality with which a work is done—the “muchness” of it—can be more important than the sheer quantity of tasks a person completes. What value, for example, that a social worker counsels […]

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