Mama Antula Beatified

Maria Antonia de Paz Figueroa, better known as “Mama Antula,” was beatified in Argentina August 27, 2016. The 18th-century laywoman spread the Spiritual Exercises after the Jesuits were expelled from Argentina in 1767. As reported in the Boston Pilot: Her mission took her to Buenos Aires where thousands attended the retreats, ultimately leading her to establish the Holy House of Spiritual Exercises in 1796; today, the building is one of Argentina’s most notable historical monuments. […]

Soon-to-Be-Saint Mother Teresa

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly recently released a piece on Mother Teresa and Sainthood, featuring comments from Sister Mangala of the Missionaries of Charity; Jim Towey, president of Ave Maria University; and author James Martin, SJ. Mother Teresa will be canonized September 4, 2016. Fr. Martin reflected more on Mother Teresa’s life in his best-selling book My Life with the Saints (being released in a special tenth-anniversary edition next month). Read the excerpt “Mother Teresa and […]

Mother Teresa and Mom

From 1966 to 1970 my family lived in England. One of our favorite television journalists was Malcolm Muggeridge. Muggeridge was not known as an overly religious man. But he began broadcasting mesmerizing stories about an unusual nun in the streets of Calcutta. His news reports, along with his documentary, Something Beautiful for God, introduced the world to Mother Teresa, the saint of the streets. I was intrigued by Mother Teresa, as much as an adolescent […]

Karl Rahner, SJ, and the God-Moment

In a TEDx talk at Fordham University, doctoral candidate Paul Schutz talks about Ignatian spirituality and mindfulness in the thought of Karl Rahner, SJ. Schutz says for Rahner: Heaven, God, these ideas that usually get talked about in church are not about ideas that are floating around up in the sky, but radically present in front of your face in every moment, and the ability to say yes or no to that moment is the […]

Jesuit Astronomer

Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno has been named the new director of the Vatican Observatory. Brother Guy is a popular writer as well as a working astronomer. See his article “Astronomy, God, and the Search for Elegance,” a piece about the place of faith in science, which concludes: God gives us any number of roadmaps to help us find the way. One is the ability to know what it is we don’t know; to realize that […]

Takes on the Ignatian Spirituality Conference

The triennial Ignatian Spirituality Conference was held at Saint Louis University July 16–19, 2015. We asked some of the participants to share their takeaways from the event, which had a theme of “Ignatian Silence: Heart of Mission.” Here’s what they said: Participating in the Ignatian Spirituality Conference, both as a presenter and participant, was a wonderful way to connect with others in our global network on important topics related to sharing and deepening the gifts […]

One Jesuit’s Pilgrimage Experiment

In 1969, Fr. Dick Perl, SJ, “pioneered the revival of Jesuit pilgrimage” when he took a 10-week journey from St. Louis to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City and back again. His novice director sent him on his way with $150 and a small pack. Fr. Perl shares the story of his pilgrimage and concludes: One of the basic thrusts that Ignatius had for his novices when he sent them out […]

Pope Francis on Strategy and Reviewing the Year

Elisabetta Piqué, author of the biography Pope Francis: Life and Revolution, spent a rainy afternoon with Pope Francis in an exclusive interview for La Nación. A few excerpts: I don’t like the word “strategy,” I’d much rather speak about the Lord’s pastoral call, otherwise it sounds like an NGO. It’s the Lord’s call, what the Church is asking from us today, not as a strategy, because the Church isn’t into proselytism. The Church doesn’t want […]

What Is the Pope’s Secret?

The Jesuits in Britain produced the below video, asking the secret to Pope Francis and how he inspires people. The answer lies in three of his regular topics: Invitation to be missionary disciples God’s mercy and compassion Emphasis that the Church should show concern for the poor and the excluded

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