The List 6.8.09: Homeboy Industries

The List is a weekly feature highlighting something remarkable, offbeat, or otherwise noteworthy from the world of the Jesuits and Ignatian spirituality. Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ has buried more than 140 of his young friends.  One of the toughest funerals was Chico’s.  After the funeral, he wrote, “I inform myself that I really must let this grief in.” Too long, I had suspended my own profound sense of loss here, and dutifully placed it on […]

An Evangelical Lay-Centered Church?

Mark Massa, SJ, tells his students at Fordham that “sitting at Mass doesn’t make you a Christian, any more than sitting in a garage makes you a car.” He thinks that the Catholic emphasis on a mediated, sacramental faith needs to be balanced by a new emphasis on discipleship and a direct experience of the holy. In the 16th century, the Reformation forced Catholics and Protestants alike into taking theological stances that were polemical and […]

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