The Saintly Walter Ciszek

The Vatican office for the Causes of Saints has opened an official examination of the life of Walter Ciszek, SJ, to see if he should be canonized one day. Fr. Ciszek, an American Jesuit, spent 23 years as a prisoner in the Soviet Union, including 15 years of hard labor in Siberia.  He secretly ministered to fellow prisoners during his captivity.  After he returned to the United States in 1963 he wrote two fine books, […]

Remembering Miguel Pro

A volunteer searching through the archives of the New Orleans Province of the Jesuits recently discovered a rare photo of Blessed Miguel Pro, SJ, along with an American Jesuit’s remembrances of time spent with the Jesuit martyr in a Belgian hospital.  John Druhan, SJ, wrote that Pro spoke American slang with a Mexican accent and liked to sing popular songs.  The photo (above) appeared on the cover of the province magazine, along with an article […]

Prayer to St. Ignatius

Here’s a prayer to St. Ignatius to pray on All Saints Day.  When you’re finished you can pray the litany of Jesuit saints. St. Ignatius, You who helped evangelize and spread the Great Message, Who was able to refocus your life, In troublesome times for yourself, On the most important being in life. Help us follow in your footsteps, Through the long and troubling task, Of refocusing ourselves on the almighty one, God, our savior. […]

The Powers in Created Things

This prayer by the Jesuit saint Robert Bellarmine puts a new spin on finding God on all things: What various powers lie hidden in plants! What strange powers are found in stones, especially magnetic stones and amber. What strength do we see in animals, such as lions, bears, bulls and elephants. How clever, although tiny, are ants, spiders, bees and flies. I pass over the power of the angels and the might of the sun […]

Christ Stumbles through Our Streets

Something to think about | I hold that every poor man, every vagrant, every beggar is Christ carrying his cross. And as Christ, we must love and help him. We must treat him as a brother, a human being like ourselves. If we were to start a campaign of love for the poor and homeless, we would, in a short time, do away with depressing scenes of begging, children sleeping in doorways and women with […]

Peter Faber: The Second Jesuit

Tuesday was the Feast of Peter Faber (Favre), SJ, sometimes called “the second Jesuit” because he was especially close to Ignatius when the order was getting started.  Peter was looking for direction in life when he ran into Ignatius.  He was overwhelmed with choices, like a young person today: I was always very unsure of myself and blown about by many winds: sometimes wishing to be married, sometimes a doctor, sometimes a lawyer, sometimes a professor […]

Novena of Grace

Today is the first day of the  Novena of Grace, an annual time of prayer directed to the intercession of St. Francis Xavier.  This special novena has been celebrated for hundreds of years.  It ends on March 12, the day that St. Francis and St. Ignatius Loyola were canonized.  A Jesuit who was miraculously healed through Francis’s intercession said that the saint promised  that “all who ask his intercession with God for nine days, in […]

Celebrating Ignatius

It’s July, the month of high summer (in the Northern Hemisphere) and the month of St. Ignatius Loyola, whose spiritual ideas we celebrate here at  Ignatius’s feast day is July 31.  Loyola Press has assembled a collection of reflections, insights, prayers, blog posts, and article excerpts for every day of the month. Here is the list. Today’s good idea is an invitation to browse the “What Is Ignatian Spirituality?” section of this website.

Ricci Day

Today marks the 400th anniversary of the death of the Jesuit Matteo Ricci, who was the first Westerner in the court of Imperial China.  He is one of my heroes, not only because I am fascinated by the history of China, but also because his ministry represents in my mind a model for the future of interreligious dialogue, globalization, and even Catholic mission.  (See the China Daily story.) Ricci’s was a very Ignatian approach to […]

Links for the Weekend

The visionary paintings of James Tissot in America. Pop psychology discovers Ignatian discernment. (“Using the 4 D’s to find more meaning and purpose in life.”) Adolfo Nicolas, SJ, on the beatification of Bernardo de Hoyos, SJ.  (Litany of Jesuit saints here.) Peter Nixon on the washing of feet. An awesome view of the Sistine Chapel.

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