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[23 Jan 2013 | Comments Off on Serving the Suffering | ]
Serving the Suffering

~by Charles Barnes, SJ

St. Marianne Cope once said, “We bring no gift to Your Majesty except our service in behalf of your suffering people, whose infirmity we bear in our hearts.” This is the center of what it means to be a chaplain, and this is how I am called to serve God’s people. I often times encounter people at their most vulnerable: after a serious car crash, a stroke, pr a patient or a loved one dying of cancer. And my job is to walk with them in their …

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[12 Dec 2012 | 6 Comments | ]
Advent Waiting

~ by Fr. Radmar Jao, SJ

“It is while waiting for the coming of the reign of God, Advent after Advent, that we come to realize that its coming depends on us. What we do will either hasten or slow, sharpen or dim our own commitment to do our part to bring it.” Joan Chittister; The Liturgical Year.

Year after year, we’re taught to wait for the coming of the Lord. But perhaps it’s Jesus who’s waiting for us to invite him into those areas of our lives that need his light the most.
We …

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[15 Aug 2012 | Comments Off on The Liturgy of Migration | ]
The Liturgy of Migration

~by Matthew Kunkel, SJ
Spring prayer and discernment led me to ask to study in Rome for the summer.  In fact, I really wanted to study in Rome this past summer.  Unfortunately, while my formation assistant at the time initially encouraged the trip and study, he also thought that I could be a good support for my classmate Alejandro Olayo.  (I am not sure that I was a good support as I was very vocal on the trip about the lack of rest.  At times, I also felt angry.) 
The trip was …

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[15 Aug 2012 | 4 Comments | ]
Three Weeks in Eden Garden

~ by Robert Van Alstyne, SJ
From the novitiate Jesuits grow accustomed to short, intense “experiments” – immersions into communities and missions to which you devote yourself wholeheartedly, only to be uprooted just as you’ve become settled.  Formed Jesuits often are required to practice the same detachment, changing missions after several years of devoted work.  This summer I faced one such experiment; between two semesters of a scholastic’s mission to study I travelled to northeastern India, the Society’s “Kohima region”, for an immersion experience.  I was for three weeks stationed in …

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[15 Aug 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Experiencing the Outback

~ by Alex Llanera, S.J.

One of my first awe-inspiring moments in Australia was in the city of Adelaide.   As I watched the sun set over the St. Ignatius College campus, the sky turned a magnificent orange-pink color.  Exotic natural birds flew through the air, and all I had to do was sit back and take it all in.   I quickly realized that the natural beauty of Australia brought about a sense of wonder and amazement.  Yet, I was a visitor, and this transition into a new country brought itself its …