Our Daily Lives

  • "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."

  • "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

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