Friday, September 18, 2020

Leading from Faith With Passion

News often is bleak. Political life in several places is more polarized. One result is that people, whom governments ought to serve, are not helped. David Clegg’s story is encouraging; it also demonstrates how elected officials can serve both individuals and the common good.

Faithful Civic Engagement

The Society of Jesus in Canada and the U.S. released a  document to help practitioners of Ignatian spirituality engage their ”shared political life” at local, state, provincial and federal levels. In his introductory letter to the document Fr. Kesicki noted that “‘Contemplation and Political Action’ is not a voter guide.… Instead, it applies our tradition of Ignatian spirituality to our shared political life.”

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Not Ordinary Times

Voting is a measured action, a deliberative one. “Yet while the right choice is not obvious, neither is it unknowable”: from an editorial in America Magazine this week.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Bouncing Between Zoom Classes

Youngsters have shorter attention spans. That makes learning challenging, and remote learning more challenging. Nat Geo posted that the “right ‘sensory diet’ might help kids focus at home.” 
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Wiki-image Yellow Column by “Arntor | CC BY-SA 4.0"

Sunday, September 13, 2020

"Two Key Words of Integral Ecology"

Pope Francis received a delegation of Laudato Si! Communities. He reflected on “contemplation and compassion” in his address. Jack Wolf tweeted the Vatican News post that offered context for Francis’ address and a summary. 

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

First Letter to Corinthians at Weekday Masses

To help appreciate St. Paul’s letter Thinking Faith delved into its archives and posted Jesuit Nicholas King’s consideration of it. He described Paul’s opening thanksgiving as “something of an unexploded bomb.” The beginnings of Paul's letters contain crucial elements that on which he elaborated.

Healing Catecheses Continue

Pope Francis continued his series of catecheses at the General Audience today. “To Heal the World” is the name of the series the Pope offers in the face of the pandemic. Today Francis highlighted solidarity and faith.

Message of Pope Francis for World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

Francis infused joy in his annual message. He called for joyful solidarity in the care of creation.

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Unsplash-image Looking Up by “Casey Horner”

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

“Preparing the Future That We Need”


Catholic News Service has posted about the pope’s series.

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Today’s Jesuit Saint

Although the celebration of Sunday takes precedence on most feasts and memorials of saints, room for devotion to a day’s saint abides. In the opinion of St. Ignatius of Loyola St. Pierre Favre gave the Spiritual Exercises better than anyone. Edel McClean helps us appreciate Pierre’s personal qualities.

Insight into Sunday’s Gospel

P athways to God made available Jesuit Fr. Peter Gallagher’s homily. It offers fresh insight into the gospel of the multiplication of the loaves and fish. It is easy to feel with the disciples that we have little or nothing to offer others.
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Wiki-image Miracle of loaves and fishes by “James Tissot | PD-US"

Arson Against Nicaraguan Catholics

Pope Francis expressed his closeness to and prayers for the Catholics following the burning of the crucifix in the cathedral of the capital city.

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Human Trafficking

Thursday was World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Pope Francis called it a “scourge” wounding the weakest. Cardinal Michael Czerny noted “that women religious ‘around the world have discovered, invented, developed the ministry to victims of human trafficking.’ Today they are also involved in prevention, rescue, rehabilitation, reintegration and raising awareness, he said, which shows that ‘their ministry is more developed than at the beginning.’”

Daughters of St. Paul Sr. Bernadette Mary Reis filed her report at Vatican News. It includes an audio interview.