Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ, the director of the Vatican Observatory, addresses the question “Can science explain the mystery of the Star of Bethlehem?” in an article at Evening Standard. He highlights several theories before concluding: Actually, to me the most astonishing part of the story of the Magi is not that they would predict the birth of a king from the positions of the planets; any fortune teller could have done that kind of calculation. […]
Pilgrimages are supposed to bring one closer to God. “You can talk or you can pray while you are on a pilgrimage,” advised one Polish Jesuit, and many of us on the journey to MAGIS and World Youth Day 2016 did a smattering of both throughout nearly three weeks in Poland. MAGIS in Lodz, Poland MAGIS is the Jesuits’ precursor to World Youth Day and consists of bringing students from Jesuit schools all over the […]
America magazine published an interview with Michael Lewis, SJ, president of the Conference of Jesuit Superiors of Africa and Madagascar (JESAM). Lewis talks about the work Jesuits do in his provinces, including education, human rights, and parish work. He says: One of the most important works of the Jesuits in Africa is the Jesuit Refugee Service, which probably touches more people than any other single Jesuit work. We have men working in camps like Kakuma […]
The Society of Jesus is worldwide. The below video highlights the work of the Jesuits in Eastern Africa in education, spiritual, and social justice ministries. If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the video Jesuits in Eastern Africa.
The Jesuits in Britain have launched Pathways to God, a website with information and inspiration for enriching one’s prayer life. Sections include a Thought for the Day and resources on the Examen, including “The Examen in 25 Words.” Also of interest is the section Where I Found God Today, which highlights brief, anonymous stories of where people have encountered God. Recent stories tell of finding God in helpers, waiting, and smoke.
Magis is a pre-World Youth Day gathering of young adults from around the world sponsored by the Jesuits. Young adults will travel this July to Poland for community, prayer, and Ignatian experiments in the categories of pilgrimage, spirituality, service, society and culture, and the arts. Deadlines for registering are fast-approaching, and information about Magis 2016 is available here. During the last Magis in 2013, Andrij M. Hlabse, SJ, shared his experience with readers of dotMagis. […]
On this Christmas Eve, enjoy “Silent Night” as sung by the Ignatian Schola, a Manhattan-based vocal group. Merry Christmas from all of us at IgnatianSpirituality.com! If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the video Silent Night.
“Ignatius gives us the tools to open the door to our relationship with Jesus, and then we realize that Jesus wants a relationship with us and all we have to do is turn toward it and begin,” says Katie Stroup, pediatrician and Jesuit Collaborative participant. She and another participant share their experiences with Ignatian spirituality in the below video. For more information about the Jesuit Collaborative, visit their website. If you’re receiving this via e-mail, […]
The Jesuits have opened a new novitiate in Haiti, a country that had outlawed Jesuits as recently as the 1980s. Ministry work is with migrants and in education. Fr. Bélanger [of the province] is hopeful for the future of Haiti and what the Society of Jesus can accomplish there. “I’m very proud of what has been done by the Jesuits in Haiti over these last several years, especially since the earthquake. Our younger Jesuits, who […]
Jesuit Refugee Service provides an update on their work in providing education: “Education is a key in combating the evil of hatred, violence and war. I’m ever more convinced of that,” says Jesuit Refugee Service International Director Fr. Peter Balleis S.J. “Learning is a way to nourish, in a situation of utter despair, the hope in people, the hope in children. It is so important to get (displaced and refugee) children into school, to establish […]