Jesuit on the Mound

Baseball is God’s game, in my opinion.  I love the game and I especially like the Detroit Tigers (who are currently barely hanging on to a one-game lead in the American League Central Division).  So you can imagine how excited I was to read about a future Jesuit who played briefly for the Tigers.  It was back in 1912, the dead ball era, and the circumstances were very unusual, but Joe Travers really did play. […]

Papal Praise for Teilhard

Pope Benedict XVI has praised the cosmic vision of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the Jesuit scientist and philosopher whose work has been out of favor with the Vatican in years past. Speaking about St. Paul’s vision that the world itself will one day become a form of living worship, the Pope said, “It’s the great vision that later Teilhard de Chardin also had: At the end we will have a true cosmic liturgy, where the […]

Pedro Arrupe’s Vocation

A genuine miracle played a decisive role in Pedro Arrupe’s decision to become a priest. He was a young medical student on pilgrimage to Lourdes. He noticed a young man twisted with polio in a wheelchair at Mass. At the consecration of the host, the man stood up, cured. Writes Arrupe: Thanks to the special permission I had, I was later able to assist at the medical examinations of the young man. The Lord had […]

Ignatius the Intense

At his People for Others blog, my friend Paul Campbell has trouble coming up with “five fun facts” about Ignatius Loyola.  One of them is the fact that Ignatius was hauled up several times before the Spanish Inquisition. This got me thinking about the personalities of saints.  There aren’t many  “fun” facts about Ignatius because Ignatius was probably not much of a fun guy.  I think he was pretty intense.  He seems to have had […]

Billy Collins

I wasn’t surprised to find out that the poet Billy Collins is a Jesuit alum (Holy Cross ’63).  There’s a distinctly Ignatian tone in this quote: “I feel now that my sense of the spiritual is directly connected to my sense of wonder, my ability to be amazed by the fact of my existence in all its vital impermanence and by the spectacular environment I wake up to every morning. I am guessing that this […]

Remembering Arrupe

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. […]

"Receive My Memory"

John Breslin, SJ, is a teacher, writer, and all-around literary man.  He edited a great anthology of religious short stories called The Substance of Things Hoped For. He has written for many journals and magazines.  Today he is sadly slipping into Alzheimer’s.  His friend Evelyn Bence recently wrote a lovely blog post about John.    She traveled to the care facility at Fordham University in New York where he lives and took him for a […]

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 […]

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