Finding God in Our Past

If you want to embark on an interesting exercise, write the story of your life. Write it quickly, without thinking about it much. And write only for about 15 or 20 minutes. This will force you to hit the highlights only—the events that are most important to you. Then, go back and read your story, and ask at each turn, Where was God in this event, or this conversation, or this internal experience? The fact […]

Jesuit Connection to the History of Hypertext

Aleteia recently profiled “The Jesuit Who Invented Hypertext,” Father Roberto Busa. While Ted Nelson and other names are more commonly listed as the inventors of the technology that made hypertext—the linking of information from different pages—possible, Busa envisioned how machines could help in humanities studies. Busa was a scholar who envisioned that technology could be used to help his project of creating a searchable concordance of the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. He met with […]

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. […]

New Exhibit Unearths Jesuit Artifacts from the Midwest

One of the first things a visitor sees when walking into Loyola University Museum of Art’s newest exhibit is two giant globes. The two wooden spheres are valuable records of the western world from 400 years ago—the only pair of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. But for 100 years, they sat in the living room of a seminary near St. Louis, unseen by the outside world. Like many of the artifacts in the exhibit, […]

A Hero’s Jesuit Son

Church historian Pat McNamara has written a fascinating account of the life of Thomas Ewing Sherman, SJ, an American Jesuit in the late nineteenth century and the son of Civil War hero William Tecumseh Sherman. Thomas Sherman entered the Jesuits despite his father’s bitter opposition. He wrote: People in love do strange things…. Having a vocation is like being in love, only more so, as there is no love more absorbing, so deep and so […]

Jesuits as Soldiers

It’s a common misconception that Ignatius Loyola set up the Jesuits along military lines, with a warlike outlook, a rigid chain of command, and unthinking obedience. Wrong, as Nathan O’Halloran explains in this post. Ignatius may have used military language, but it meant something far different than it means today. The knights Ignatius admired were following a person: These knights were models for Ignatius precisely insofar as they made particular elections for the sake of […]