Our Daily Lives

  • " Abley has found ways to put words to those beyond-word insights that music can evoke, just like prayer, meditation, liturgy, conversation. Just like being together once more with your dad, even if only in memory.."

  • "Her classmates learned by teaching and each benefited. I got a lot of credit and still wonder how it happened. Her tenacity and life experience brought her to the very edge: a little mentoring pushed her over."

  • "The world didn’t get to see Canada make aviation history but the world did wake up to the fact we had the brain power to produce such an advanced feat of science and technology.”

  • "Perhaps because our era shares some of the same types of anxiety that Kierkegaard’s era suffered, we might also benefit from listening to the deep divine hope Kierkegaard offered to the fears of people in his era, 200 years ago:"

  • " So as 2019 presents to me one certain and another possible election, my New Year’s resolution is to do the work to know the candidate."

  • "With the continued alienation, and therefore a lack of belonging, I believe that we shall see an increase in people calling themselves ‘lapsed Catholics’, ‘cultural Catholics’, and ‘former Catholics’."

  • "I am even advised to limit my daily consumption of black coffee and unsweetened tea. Highly acceptable are refined flours, meats, pastries, white bread and sugars."

  • "For a number years but especially in the last few weeks now we at St. Ignatius Parish have been trying to figure out how to respond to street people who come to church.  They are, like us, children of God, brothers and sisters of Jesus. "

  • "When arriving in our Western countries, refugee claimants ask for our help.  We don’t want to give our help because we will have to invest time and money.  It is time to really look in the mirror and admit it:  We are selfish."

  • "They must take a page out of the conservative playbook and constantly without end be out there convincing people that a globalised world is better for them, that immigration is the best thing for the country, and that just because the country’s demographics are changing on religious and ethnic line

  • "When I look over my  brief little life, there are a few moments that stand out for me.  In my life, these moments were religious moments of encounter.  When I fell into a space, where the divine seemed to open up just a bit more."

  • "The biggest problem with nationalism is that it creates an US vs THEM, and this was very apparent in Hungary. The direction set by the current régime has trickled down into the mannerism and attitudes of the people of Hungary."

  • Small is beautiful! And so can be "short"

  • "In 2019, I’d practice openness of mind through the daily exam, and allow myself to see the unexpected and disarming beauty in my days."

  • "My life totally changed on September 11th. On September 11th 1974, that is. On that day, I went with two other Jesuits to live in a flat in a run-down tenement building in the most deprived area in Ireland, the inner city of Dublin."

  • The poet reminds us that within Toronto The good "grace is still an option."

  • " “Love God and your neighbour as your self “ may sound similar to authoritarian rule, but it is not. Why?"

  • A poem Inspired by the Jesuit model of the Examen Prayer

  • "Why, then, do we so readily use plastic wrap? If you arrive at a reasonable response to this query, please inform me.  I’ve banged my head against the question so long that I fear I’m severely concussed.:\"

  • "Another hope for the coming year is to continue to let go, as younger Jesuits, all from South Asia, administer our Nepal Region in their own way."

  • " After daily Mass a few years ago, James was inspired to find academic success at the University of Toronto."

  • "As I have in the past, on this 2019 New Year, I will phone each of my older sisters. Together we’ll sing the old song and declare to each other in German the new year’s wish."

  • "We can hope for the best, but if I think of what I would like in 2019, inevitably something will go awry."

  • "My wish is for everyone to have enough. My pledge (to myself) is to learn more about the gulf between wealth and poverty and seek ways to “be the change”."

  • "The door to his home and to his heart was always open.  Not only did he welcome you, but you became a part of him, a part of his extended family."

  • "When Canada legalized euthanasia for exceptional circumstances, Parliament established safeguards. We now see an increasing call for the extension of cases eligible for euthanasia and the de facto removal of safeguards."

  • "Our Bridging Borders campaign seeks to raise awareness (open eyes and hearts) and invite a response of action rooted in love that seeks to bring about structural change for the common good."

  • Magnificat was written - and is posted here - in both English and French at the end of an eight day Ignation retreat.

  • " It is not easy to wear a crucifix, especially for a millennial like myself. I am not ashamed to be Catholic; I think Catholicism is very compatible with my secular beliefs and has shaped my life and beliefs equally."

  • Mother Teresa said: "“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.”

  • "Lok Manch (People’s Forum) is an inclusive, secular, human-rights-driven agency that supports various social movements of marginalized people in India."

  • "CJI supports the work of Jesuit Refugee Service in Jaramana, Syria, which the author describes in this blog. It is one of three projects highlighted in CJI’s campaign."

  • "Remembrance Day, provides us with an opportunity to broaden our understanding of the war dead. Let's also broaden our understanding of the many things stirring within the hearts of those who came home from the battlefield."

  • "Under the motto “caring for our common home,” the Pan-Amazon project recognizes that the Amazon is crucial for our planet, and we all have an active role to play to preserve it."

  • "Bridging borders is not a vague concept or abstract wish. It is an engagement that involves the heart, a commitment to social justice. It requires concrete changes in the social structures that are at the basis of division, poverty and conflict."

  • "Let’s face it.  It’s a disposable world.  No wonder we’re so good at recycling; we produce so much garbage, there’s plenty to practice with."

  • " “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress” is a case that needs to be made right now, when reason and science need a champion. Bill Nye the Science Guy needs a hand."

  • ". . . when we fight for justice and peace, there will be consequences.  If we do it violently, as mentioned beforehand, we become as our oppressor.  But if we do it non-violently, we risk not only building a more democratic society, but we also risk changing many hearts, including those of our enem

  • "This campaign of harassment or haunting or whatever is probably illegal but, considering all the crap they have to deal with, the authorities are no more likely to listen than the collection agencies."

  • "“That night the wind was howling almost like a wolf and there were some real wolves off to the west giving it lessons.” George R.R. Martin"

  • "Why am I so fascinated by Sir Elm and Lady Slipper? It turns out that they are signature memories of my childhood in the country village of Tilley in northwestern New Brunswick ?"

  • "Best of all, Dad now knew that we were developing on our own paths. Our need for him and Mom would diminish and the load on them would lighten."

  • "Billy Critchley-Menor, SJ breaks bread and finds God again and again."

  • "In recent times, I feel an eerie calm: I have a safety net that allows me to behave differently and plan differently."

  • The poet offers gratitude as a remedy for our many ailments.

  • "The fallout from the scandal is still going on – both the financial and legal implications, but also the overwhelmingly negative impact it had on Church involvement in a place that was steeped in Irish Catholicism."

  • "Passenger trains always whistling by our country road railway crossing bringing passengers, mail, packages from Simpson Sears or Eaton’s or who knows where, to our two grain elevator town, Davin. . . "

  • The Plenary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) gathers this Monday to Friday in Cornwall. What will they discuss? What actions will they take?

  • A first hand account of three days in the Ottawa dark and the role Ignatius played.

  • "So intimate is the connection between the team and the people of the Vegas Valley, that at the end of the fifth and final game of the Stanley Cup, the fans gave the team a thundering ovation."

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