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[12 Nov 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
How El Salvador Wrecked My Faith

~ an excerpt from the archives of AJCU Connections Magazine, by Matt Partain
“More than 70,000 died during El Salvador’s civil war in the 1980s and early 1990s, the majority of whom were civilians killed by the militaristic Salvadoran Government. On Nov. 16, 1989, the assassination of six Jesuit priests and two support laywomen, who were unwavering in their defense of the poor and oppressed, brought international outrage and condemnation upon the Salvadoran Government, ultimately pressuring its leaders to end their country’s civil war. …

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[8 Oct 2010 | Comments Off on Liberated from Heavy Hands | ]
Liberated from Heavy Hands

excerpt from an article in America Magazine
~ by Gregory Waldrop, SJ
Time and heavy-handed retouching over the centuries had so obscured the original painting that modern scholars were puzzled over how to date it. Noting its devotional appeal, they wrote it off as a nondescript work of the late 15th or early 16th century. In 2006, when an overdue cleaning of the “Madonna della Strada” (“Our Lady of the Way”) unexpectedly turned into a bolder reclamation project, the results were startling. The image turned …

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[26 Mar 2010 | Comments Off on Being Centered on Christ | ]
Being Centered on Christ

“Ignatian spirituality is eminently centered on Christ. Love for Christ gives unity to everything in the life and work of Ignatius, and in our way of proceeding, for everything is a concrete application of that love on the level of attitudes and actions. Just as everything converges on Christ, so the love for Christ, in Ignatius’s intuition, unifies the dialectical pairs into which our apostolic action is diffracted:

prayer and action;
dedication to the perfection of self and neighbor;
use of supernatural and human instruments;
pluralism and unity;
one’s own effort and total dependence on …

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[20 Feb 2010 | Comments Off on Friendship and Mission | ]
Friendship and Mission

‘In 1595, when an upstart player named William Shakespeare was writing a fantastical comedy in English verse called “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for the London stage, on the opposite side of the globe, in the southern Chinese city of Nanchang, an equally remarkable man named Matteo Ricci was composing an essay on friendship in the formal diction of classical Chinese. Ricci called his essay simply “You lun” (Essay on Friends), a title that would later be changed under the influence of one of Ricci’s many Chinese friends to the more …

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[20 Feb 2010 | Comments Off on Leadership and Genuineness | ]
Leadership and Genuineness

~ excerpt from an essay by Enrique E. Fabbri, originally published in Argentine magazine Criterio.
‘A lot is written today about leadership, yet most of these works do not propose or indicate which are the qualities of a true leader. There is a lot of falseness and shallowness in this field. The fabric of many large companies lacks an effective and human guidance as well as personal and trustworthy one. They lack a more visionary leadership inspired in those men and women capable of teaching, conducting, training and assessing all kinds …