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[27 Jun 2013 | Comments Off on Where in the World? | ]
Where in the World?


Stop!  Before reading any further, check out The Jesuit Post video below for an explanation of the word, “magis”!

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In less than a month, 2,000 young adults from around the world will gather in Brazil for MAGIS 2013, a Jesuit-sponsored immersion experience leading up to World Youth Day. Jesuit Father Mike Rogers, the national coordinator for MAGIS, says that anticipation has been building since Pope Francis, a Jesuit from Latin America, was elected in March. “Right now Brazil is expecting two and a half million registrations for …

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[15 Feb 2012 | Comments Off on Jesuit Jargon for Discerners III | ]
Jesuit Jargon for Discerners III

~ by Perry Petrich, SJ
Spiritual Direction

Definition: “Help given from one believer to another that enables the latter to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God, and to live out the consequences of the relationship” (Barry, The Practice of Spiritual Direction, p. 8).
Discussion: A spiritual director is a companion with whom one talks about God and prayer. Through regular meetings, spiritual directors help their directees notice God’s active work in their lives.

Spiritual directors in …

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[17 Jan 2012 | Comments Off on Jesuit Jargon for Discerners II | ]
Jesuit Jargon for Discerners II

-Perry Petrich, SJ

Spiritual Autobiography


Spiritual:  “Of or relating to, affecting or concerning, the spirit or higher moral qualities, esp. as regarded in a religious aspect” (OED).
Autobiography:  “An account of a person’s life given by himself or herself. Also: the process of writing such an account; these considered as a literary genre” (OED).

Discussion: A spiritual autobiography is written by a person desiring to recount how God has worked throughout his or her life.  All Jesuits compose a spiritual autobiography in the process of applying to the Society of Jesus.

St. Ignatius wrote his …

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[18 Dec 2011 | Comments Off on Jesuit Jargon for Discerners | ]
Jesuit Jargon for Discerners


Definition: From the root word- Discern – “To perceive or recognize the difference or distinction; to make a distinction; to distinguish or discriminate between” (OED).
Discussion: For Jesuits discernment is about perceiving or recognizing the call of God. Everyone one is called by God to something, but to what? Sometimes this call is to change something e.g. to join religious life, other times it is a call to stay the course, e. g. continue in dental school.

There are different tools to help discernment such as conversation with people who know and …