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

Jesus Had Friends

In his video series, 10 Things to Know about Jesus, James Martin, SJ, reminds us that Jesus had friends. That’s something to keep in mind when we pray to Jesus as our friend. If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the video Jesus Had Friends.

How the Pope Would Like to Be Remembered

In a recent interview with a Spanish newspaper, Pope Francis talked about world economic systems and other topics, including his leadership priorities. “I don’t have any personal agenda that I carried in under my arm, simply because I never thought they were going to leave me here, in the Vatican,” he said. “What I am doing is carrying out” the recommendations made by cardinals prior to the March 2013 conclave. Among those recommendations, the pope […]

Happy Anniversary, Pope Francis

The election of Pope Francis was one year ago tomorrow. In honor of this anniversary, Chris Lowney is embarking on a blog tour to discuss his book Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads. His first stop is Quantum Theology, hosted by Michelle Francl-Donnay. See the full tour schedule here. Last March, Lowney shared some thoughts on the election of the first Jesuit pope and how his Jesuit formation might help him in his […]

Daniel Harrington, RIP

Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, died last week after a battle with cancer. The New Testament scholar was a professor at Boston College and author of many books, including Meeting St. Matthew Today and Meeting St. Paul Today. Read his thoughts on Ignatian imagination in a post he contributed to dotMagis. May he rest in peace.

Snow Art and Indifference

As many of us deal with the effects of snow and frigid temperatures, here’s a video of British artist Simon Beck’s snow art to help us appreciate the beauty of the season. Beck’s canvas is ever-changing with the winds, so that he often wakes up in the morning to see the previous day’s art blown away. But it’s a lesson in Ignatian indifference, acknowledging that the meticulous work of one day has to start anew […]

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