Our Daily Lives

  • "A perfectly misguided lesson plan, ruined by the realities of students. Colten Biro, SJ, reflects on how his students’ stories made things real." Reposted with permission from The Jesuit Post.

  • In the Canadian Jesuit novitiate, there we find a 100 year old treasure named Jean-Marie Rocheleau, SJ.

  • Two senior high school students at the Jesuit high school in Winnipeg provide us with an extraordinary example of what it means to be "men for others"

  • "How can an encounter change what laws and walls cannot?" Reposted with permission from The Jesuit Post.

  • For the past four or five years, Michael Enright has been spending one week a year, sometimes two, in a kind of secular retreat at the Weston Priory in Vermont.

  • "Now and then, I’m bemused by a story in the news. Or maybe that’s benewsed."

  • "The Ontario legislature disenfranchised me and many citizens in late October 2017. We stand against the large number of abortions in our province. Society should provide viable alternatives to assist women (and men) distressed by unexpected pregnancies. Instead, the “bubble zone” law hides the prob

  • "These last two journey letters were written in Manitoba as the Philosopher Jesuit began a new phase of his Jesuit formation; he becomes a Regent, Mr. Obrigewitsch, S.J"

  • "Traditionally, philosophers have focussed on the rational aspects of being human; but two centuries ago, Charles Darwin taught us to think of ourselves as animals who evolved over millions of years to become who we are today. He is, of course, quite right about this."

  • "This is a fragment of the last letter from The Mount. Only the last page survived. Given the time references within it, the letter was written about June 9th. The first paragraph continues the note of ‘saying goodbye sadness’ sounded in Craig Boly’s addition to the May 9th letter."

  • "What do we do with the takeoffs and landings of stress in our lives? Colten Biro, SJ, looks back at a recent flight and the example of children." Reposted with permission from The Jesuit Post (thejesuitpost.com)

  • "The April 2nd letter describes his last Easter at the Mount with references to chocolate, the Easter Vigil new fire and the death of two Jesuits of the community. Despite the vast amount of time given to the play, Shakespeare’s Henry IV part I, there is only one brief paragraph about it. The letter

  • During the Canada 150 year, igNation posted over 40 articles on what the year meant to many. As the year comes to a close, it is fitting to post a final Canada 150 article - the theme is gratitude.

  • "the philosopher is beginning to tire of ‘studies’. But there is excitement for the completion of the new swimming pool and the joy of the visit of Father Farrell, someone from home. His 24th birthday slips by and Easter, and he is beginning to look forward to graduation, and to the priesthood with

  • ?Recently some citizens in both Canada and the USA have protested about the values attached to the public statues of certain historical heroes. Do such statues represent a form of idolatry?"

  • "The January 2nd letter begins relating the busy Christmas singing schedule bringing joy to many in city community! It also describes his last Christmas at the Mount. ‘Fun’ seems the operative word to describe it. Curiously, the January 26th letter concludes with reflections on ‘eating’ and a reques

  • Paul Baker, SJ, wrote a post about Jimmy Morash - one of the survivors of the Halifax explosion.. igNation reposts Paul’s article today on the 100th anniversary of the Halifax tragedy.

  • "The November 10 letter begins on a sombre note responding to the death of the philosopher’s uncle who served in WWII and to the news that his mother is in hospital which he learned after the fact! "

  • Throughout November, Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) has been raising awareness and funds for livelihood support through its Giving Tuesday campaign calleTell Ten. Today igNation posts the fifth and last in a series of blogs about what livelihood support means to CJI and to people in the Global

  • "Every November for the past twenty years, Jesuit educated students from high schools and universities across Canada, the United States, and Mexico gather, originally held in Columbus, Georgia, but now, in Washington, DC for a teach-in for justice."

  • "The first letter describes adventures in skiing, sailing, and ‘flotila’ing. The second letter gives a sense of the numbers in the Jesuit community at the Mount, 140 scholastic philosophers alone, not counting the priests and brothers. The September 15 letter records an important shift at the Mount

  • "Throughout November, Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) is raising awareness and funds for livelihood support through its Giving Tuesday campaign called Tell Ten. Today igNation posts the fourth in a series of blogs about what livelihood support means to CJI and to people in the Global South."

  • "Retirement – has a nice ring to it! I have never retired before, and it’s going to be quite an adventure. . . . I offer the following reflection on how I got to be part of this amazing Jesuit school."

  • "The first two letters focus on the philosopher’s father because of Father’s Day and of a concern about his health. The third letter, after reflecting about things ‘at home’, tells of his experiences at Omak, ending with a happy ‘p.s’ about the news of his parent’s impending visit."

  • "Throughout November, Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) is raising awareness and funds for livelihood support through its Giving Tuesday campaign called Tell Ten. Today igNation posts the third in a series of blogs about what livelihood support means to CJI and to people in the Global South."

  • "What do Robert E. Lee, John A. Macdonald, Edward Cornwallis and Jeffrey Amherst have in common? Stay with me and you’ll find out."

  • "Among the many significant anniversaries in this year of the Sesquicentennial of Canada’s Confederation, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Governor-General Georges-Phileas Vanier.

  • In today's post, a priest shares some of his struggles as an alcoholic.

  • "The Philosopher is clearly not a stellar scholar, but he seems happy with the results to his academic efforts. In these letters he shows his serious attention to his main responsibility, academic, but also his pleasure in working and being in the community."

  • "Throughout November, Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) is raising awareness and funds for livelihood support through its Giving Tuesday campaign called Tell Ten. Today igNation posts the second in a series of blogs about what livelihood support means to CJI and to people in the Global South."

  • "In early August, some 85 pilgrims stepped out of the chapel at Loyola House in Guelph and began trudging to the Martyrs´ Shrine in Midland, Ontario.  Along the way, the painful pearls of the feet accumulated sizable spiritual riches for their hosts."

  • "Drama has been a continued interest to the Philosopher. His experience again in the costume department is one challenge reflected in the first and second letter. His studies are clearly his main concern as for any university student. The fourth letter reports on Easter activities and the anticipati

  • Today igNation posts the first in a series of blogs about what livelihood support means to Canadian Jesuits International and to people in the Global South.

  • On Monday,October 2, Max Oliva, SJ awoke in Las Vegas to the terrible news of the horrific shootings. He shares his reactions

  • "Men and women released on parole from prison find themselves poor not only because they have lost many years of their lives while behind bars, but also because, at least at the beginning of their release from incarceration, they do not have the money they need."

  • "This one letter covers much territory and is presented as a diary chronicling events and the philosopher’s experiences from December 16th to January 1st."

  • On October 22, 1999, Jim MacSheffrey, SJ tragically lost his life while berry picking. in Newfoundland. This post was written a year after Jim's death. It is just as true now as it was then.

  • This summer five students from St. Paul’s - the Jesuit high school in Winnipeg - spent five days participating in the Canadian Canoe Pilgrimage which travelled from Midland, Ontario to Montreal,. Today igNation is pleased to post the second set of their reflections on their pilgrimage.

  • "The first three letters reflect some personal health issues in the transition to new altitude and environment but more of his concern about ‘operations’ and the health of his parents! "

  • This summer five students from St. Paul’s - the Jesuit high school in Winnipeg - spent five days participating in the Canadian Canoe Pilgrimage which travelled from Midland, Ontario to Montreal, Today and next week, igNation is pleased to post the reflections of these students on their pilgrimage

  • "The concern about family is at the top of the first letter, both about their health (a continued concern, especially in the second letter), but also their livelihood on the farm."

  • Did 17th century Jesuit educators devise the forerunner of American Sign Language?

  • "During our canoe pilgrimage from Midland to Montreal, I had a lot of time to think! . . ..  More importantly however, I had the time also to “feel.”  Namely I could feel when everyone was together, paddling in unison, and when something in the boat would be off.".

  • "In the 1960's the English Province of the Society of Jesus in Canada sent young Jesuits to Jesuit Universities in the United States to receive their training in philosophy and to acquire (usually) their first academic degree (usually a B.A.). I was sent to Mount St. Michael, a Jesuit house focused

  • "The present situation invites us to return to the foundation of our common humanity and to the essential links of solidarity that create societal ties."

  • Johnston Smith writes about something we have all worried about from time to time.

  • Writing is rewarding but it also has its hazards, at least for those who write for publication  Perhaps the most discouraging pitfall is the expected response from your audience that never comes.

  • 'Each May in the Montreal novitiate, the first year novices go out the door with $75 dollars, a one-way bus ticket and lots of prayers." This is the second of a two part post on such a pilgrimage.

  • Three events will be celebrated in Ottawa on September 26 - the 50th anniversary of Development and Peace (CCODP), the 70th anniversary of the Consecration of Canada to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation.

  • "Each May in the Montreal Novitiate, the first year novices go out the door with $75 dollars, a one-way bus ticket, and a lot of prayers." This is the first of two posts about one such pilgrimage.

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