Christ is at the center of Ignatian spirituality. Much of the Spiritual Exercises consists of meditations on the gospel accounts of the life of Jesus. The first of these is a meditation on Jesus’ birth. In David Fleming’s paraphrase: To be able to enter into the deep-down stillness of this night, to be able to see this very human baby with all the wonder which comes from eyes of faith, to watch how Mary and […]
Pedro Arrupe, head of the Jesuits from 1965 to 1983, wrote one of the most moving reflections on suffering that I’ve ever heard. He suffered a massive stroke in 1981. He couldn’t speak and he could barely move. He wrote: More than ever I find myself in the hands of God. This is what I have wanted all my life from my youth. But now there is a difference; the initiative is entirely with God. […]
“We should not fix our desires on health or sickness, wealth or poverty, success or failure, a long life or a short one,” writes Ignatius Loyola at the beginning of the Spiritual Exercises. Our one desire should be to “choose what better leads to God’s deepening life in me.” That’s the basic idea of “The Palm of Your Hand,” a winsome song in the country style. I’d rather be in the palm of Your hand […]
The List is a weekly feature highlighting something remarkable, offbeat, or otherwise noteworthy from the world of Ignatian spirituality. I’m not surprised to run into Jesuits with offbeat hobbies and unusual talents, but Ryan Duns, SJ, stands out. He’s a master of the Irish tin whistle. This is no mere hobby. He plays professionally. Last semester he taught a course “An Introduction to the Irish Tin Whistle” in the Irish Studies department at Fordham, where […]
The List is a weekly feature highlighting something remarkable, offbeat, or otherwise noteworthy from the world of Ignatian spirituality. “A Franciscan, a Dominican, and a Jesuit walk into a bar . . . “ People tell jokes about rabbis, lawyers, blondes, Irishmen, Poles, and nuns among others. And Jesuits. Jesuit jokes are “niche humor.” You don’t have to be Catholic to enjoy them, but it helps to know something about the Jesuit mystique. The jokes […]
Featuring weightlifting, baseball, and rugby. These Jesuits don’t play soccer.