Our Daily Lives

  • "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."

  • "Havel, Orwell and so many others offer helpful ways for our critical analysis of our culture. Can we hear this, or have we been brainwashed by Orwell’s thought police?"

  • "My escapades were harmless, and make for good story telling several years after the facts. Despite the many reprimands I received, I knew that I was loved."

  • "She was indeed a holy lady, not because she prayed and went to mass, but because she knew she needed the strength and knew where to get it."

  • "But the question of the sceptic remains: does it make any difference? If all of us were making this change and ending our love affair with the car, it would no doubt help with climate change. But this will not happen any time soon."

  • "I was at one of the March for Our Lives protests a few weeks back, and a particular sign has resounded in my memory: NO MORE THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS – CHANGE. Simply put, saying ‘our thoughts and prayers are with you’ is now a platitude."

  • "We believe that human beings are made in the image of God and therefore have dignity. We are called to protect human dignity and defend human rights."

  • "Today it’s rare if ever that there is any mention in Jesuit records of Jesuits involved in ministry to the deaf persons. "

  • "I would like to share with you the calls to action from the Declaration of Rome signed by Pope Francis at the end of the Congress and in addition raise a question that perhaps we can reflect upon both as individuals and in our various friendship, work and community groups."

  • "What would it cost us, when offering up bread in wine at mass, to declare them proudly the “work of many creatures”?  One extra syllable could buy us a great deal of humility, gratitude, solidarity and friendship with our non-human colleagues. "

  • "For most of my life, I’ve tried to distance myself from my brother’s embarrassing behavior. But despite my best efforts, God brought us back together."

  • "Laws used to somewhat reflect what is healthy or moral. Not anymore. The government endorsement of the personal use of cannabis, effective this October 17, will not magically make its consumption safe or moral."

  • "What the bereaved persons need to do is name their feelings and accept them. , , , What the friends, the mourners can do is help them to name and accept those feelings, provide social comfort, and share their belief (if such is the case) in various sorts of spiritual consolation. "

  • The poet imagines what the pipeline would say if it could speak.

  • " . . .as a political scientist, I would like to take a moment and argue why it is better to call yourself a patriot instead of a nationalist."

  • "Formation is no longer the first years of the classic Jesuit formation of the 19th and earlier 20th century. It includes the preparation of persons who can do spiritual direction and direct various forms of retreat."

  • It is very clear that Francis’ message is for everybody!

  • "Like most people, I am growing in a distorted picture of the world. Is it due to increasing incidents like shootings, terrorism, mass murder, and so on?"

  • "...young people need to be reminded of patience — Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ’s poem ‘Patient Trust’ could potentially help. Patience is key when dealing with the system; progress takes time."

  • "The Venezuelan crisis is global in nature and so, it has placed everyone in ‘survival mode’. The crisis penetrates every aspect of collective and individual life."

  • St. Ignatius shows us how to deal with "addiction" to the twitterverse.

  • “Give somebody a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach him how to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime”.  A Jesuit friend of mine added a twist to that by saying “And what if the fish are poisoned and you find out that there is a factory upstream that is polluting the water”.

  • "God had determined that my job today was to be an ear to this inmate."

  • "As a Jesuit I now understand that God was sharing God’s self with me through the enormity of God’s creation."

  • On July 31, 2018, Fr. Erik Oland, Sj will beome the first Provincial of the new Canada Province. This post - written for the Jesuits.org web site and reprinted here with permission - was written when he was Provincial of the Jesuits in French Canada.

  • Today’s post is an English translation of an article published in JÉSUITES CANADIENS 2018. The article was both written and translated by Pierre Bélanger, SJ

  • As the Jesuit in Canada Province is formed, we are reminded that " . . . we remain to a great extent two solitudes. The cultural and historical divide is deep and not easily bridged."

  • "In July 2018, for the first time in more than ninety years, there will be a single and bilingual Canadian Jesuit province. To prepare for this historic occasion, it is helpful to reflect on current Jesuit activities in Canada and Haiti, which will be part of the new province."

  • "Fear is a very powerful emotion.  Many have stated that hate is not the opposite of love; fear is.  Why do we fear?  More to the point, why do we fear the stranger?"

  • " Let’s build the wall. You know what I’m talking about. Yes, THAT wall. The one between Mexico and the United States that Trump has been shouting about since the election season. "

  • "My time at Campion has left a deep, lasting, and important mark on my life. It has been my home, academic and spiritual, for the past many years."

  • The memory of a trapped bird provides how a memory can be a gift.

  • "...we need to recommit ourselves to love and to not be afraid of it, in our society and in our personal lives. It is good to be scared sometimes, especially by something as awesome as love."

  • "I have thought of suicide. I have thought of different ways to end this miserable waiting. But there is a hope in the name Canada. It conjures imagery in my mind that is both vivid and uncertain. A better life. Freedom. Safety in a distant northern land."

  • "t's a crazy world we live in, where the question even comes up. But perhaps that is the new world we live in. I take a picture and immediately think of posting it."

  • For over three decades, a made in Canada Jesuit initiative tried, as Pope Francis says, "to walk as the people walk today." This month, the Toronto-based Jesuit Communication Project closes. Today, igNation re-posts the first of a special extended two-part series on the JCP's history and its achieve

  • For over three decades, a made in Canada Jesuit initiative tried, as Pope Francis says, "to walk as the people walk today." This month, the Toronto-based Jesuit Communication Project closes. Today, igNation re-posts the first of a special extended two-part series on the JCP's history and its achieve

  • The poet today reflects on the impact various kinds of boats have on her.

  • "In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the Prince tells his friend, Horatio, that ultimately all of us become food for worms. The same is true for most people’s kitchen scraps. But how much more satisfying it is to make them into food for tomatoes and roses!"

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