Our Daily Lives

  • "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!"

  • "Today I revisited the Conservatory. Despite the empty car lot, I parked in its driveway. I did not leave the car. A bleak place. The interior dark. Trapped tall trees peered out the top windows at the sunny exterior on this bright Easter day."

  • "t’s summer! I’m not sure where I stand on our four-season climate in Canada. I have a strong preference for the months from April to late October. I would happily skip November to late March."

  • "I’ve always appreciated the Jesuit reminder, one that I heard 1001 times during formation: Jesuits don’t retire. We always have a mission"

  • "my hope is that the exposition of the fridge foibles of my brothers will both prompt a conversation and, please God, a conversion towards lighter living. "

  • "On Wednesday, September 6, somewhere around 8:00 in the morning, my father got out of bed, put out the garbage, took out some squid for supper, went out to his shed, took two pieces of old scrap rope he had tied together and took his own life. I am a survivor of suicide."

  • "There are enough things that divide us these days; it’s time to talk about something that pulls us together. Which the Great Trail does, big time."

  • The Canadian Raptor Conservancy (CRC), from somewhere in Ontario, has captured the imagination of a nation fed up with the usual bird brains by sponsoring a write-in contest to determine a bird of a different feather, a National Bird, and then taking the results to Ottawa.

  • The woman laid the hat down on Samuel Beckett’s resting place, stepped back and sighed. “You are the most ungrateful, self-involved hat I have ever worn.

  • "One great joy of Grand fatherhood is observing slo-mo hockey."

  • "Sharing heart to heart is one way to see the life of the other through compassion and understanding. May we find our way in these difficult times and seek the goodness that each person has to offer."

  • "My favourite poet Gerard Manley Hopkins says it well in his Spring with the opening line: “Nothing is so beautiful as Spring –“ and later in the poem asks; “What is all this juice and all this joy”?"

  • " Here, in gratitude for Maritime memories that sustain me, is an end of winter poem. A kind of letter home."

  • "Like all of us, I've always admired Terry Fox, but things were different now. I shared this condition with him. Why not be like him, I thought, even in a small way . . . "

  • "So what works to minimize SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and simple winter blues?"

  • "For the first time in its history, the Archdiocese of Winnipeg is conducting a Synod. Archbishop Richard Gagnon began the Synod on Pentecost 2016 and announced his intention to close it on Pentecost 2018."

  • "Recently, Christian charities and the media have criticized the Prime Minister and the Federal Government for undermining these freedoms and rights through new criteria to qualify for youth employment funding."

  • Although the author writes of procrastinating in February, we must admit we procrastinate in other months as well.

  • "The worth of one’s actions is not dependent on the number of witnesses, likes, or shares. Indeed, we could all benefit from being a little more sneaky."

  • This post grew from Pope Francis' prayer intention: "That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption."

  • "As novices, we often get to encounter God in new ways through the experiences as we strive to grow into our newfound Jesuit identity. " Novice Oliver Capko shares one such experience.

  • ". . . a group of ladies at St. Ignatius Parish in Winnipeg, . . .work to provide unique quilts which are then given to longer-term patients at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital."

  • Today, perhaps as a companion piece to Home Thoughts from Abroad, igNation offers Home Thoughts from Pubic Transportation.

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