Best Ignatian Songs: Heavenly Day

This week’s Ignatian song is the lovely ballad “Heavenly Day,” written by the eclectic folk-county-rock artist Patty Griffin. I ran across it about the time I was reading an article on the Daily Examen. The Examen is a review of the day that begins with praise and thanksgiving. This song expresses that spirit perfectly. Lyrics here. Here is a performance by Griffin.

Intangible Value

I’m the kind of person who shuts out advertising. I often hit the mute button when commercials come on TV, and I never click on on-line ads. So I was surprised to find this video so enlightening. It’s called “Life lessons from an ad man” by an advertising executive named Rory Sutherland. Sutherland talks about the importance of “intangible value.” He wants us to see new value in what we already have. In other words, […]

Colbert vs. Richard Dawkins

A Friday entertainment break. Ignatian angle: Fr. Jim Martin, SJ, is “chaplain” of the Colbert Report. The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Richard Dawkins www.colbertnation.com

Best Ignatian Songs: Bolivian Baroque

Our Ignatian song last week was “Gabriel’s Oboe” from the movie “The Mission.”  The movie depicts the dramatic story of the Jesuit “reductions” in South America, communities of indigenous people whom the Jesuits protected from the rapacious colonial Spanish.  The Jesuits protected the communities, educated the young people, and introduced European culture.  If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll remember the scenes of the baroque music played and sung by Indian children. The Jesuits were expelled […]

The Jesuit on the Waterfront

James Fisher, a professor of history at Fordham, has just published On the Irish Waterfront, the story of the New York/New Jersey waterfront, which was run by the Irish mob for the first half of the 20th century.   A review is here.  America magazine has made a video of the author talking about the book. The book’s publication is an occasion to remember John Corridan, SJ, a labor priest who worked tirelessly to reform the […]

Best Ignatian Songs: Gabriel’s Oboe

One of my favorite movies is The Mission, a film inspired by the Jesuit missions in South America in the eighteenth century. One of the many memorable features of this movie is the splendid soundtrack by the Italian composer Ennio Morricone. The scene below shows a Jesuit, played by Jeremy Irons, making contact with Indians who had killed a fellow Jesuit and were likely inclined to kill him. The contact comes through music, an extraordinary […]

Back to School at Cristo Rey

This week classes start at 22 US high schools that are part of the Cristo Rey network, an innovative and highly successful model for urban education.  Cristo Rey schools serve the urban poor.  99 percent of their graduates go to college.  The schools are partly financed through their students’ paid internships at local businesses.  Many of them are Jesuit high schools, and the original Cristo Rey school was developed under Jesuit sponsorship and direction in […]

Ignatian Contemplation

Prayer using the imagination is a pillar of the Ignatian spiritual tradition. In its most common form, you take a passage from scripture, usually one of the gospels, and immerse yourself in it imaginatively using all the senses. You feel the heat of the day, smell the livestock and clouds of dust on the road, listen to Jesus’ words, watch his actions. It’s a way to engage the gospel personally, with all of our faculties. Creighton University’s online ministries […]

Best Ignatian Songs: Jesus Was an Only Son

“Some people pray, some people play music,” Bruce Springsteen once said, but it’s pretty obvious that Bruce prays with much of the music he makes. He went to St. Rose of Lima Elementary School in Freehold, New Jersey.  Catholic imagery often appears in his music.  One critic calls him the greatest Catholic poet of our time. But there’s more to it than imagery.  Springsteen appears to be a man of real spiritual depth.  This comes […]

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