Our Daily Lives

  • 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.

  • "There is an acceptance that we need a winter holiday, especially here in Canada. Whether the holiday is legislated and has a title, we find a reason to celebrate, to take a pause and celebrate what is important to us in mid-winter."

  • Today is igNation's 5th anniversary. Fr. Fred Power, SJ , whose work was a precursor of igNation, died some three months ago. It seems fitting to post the homily from his funeral Mass.

  • ". . . my resolve is to remain in the light we share: living stories handed down over centuries. Such dedication may reinforce my practical efforts to finish my studies and share my own stories: moments of joy and mystery in high resolution."

  • The choice of life or death, blessing or curse that we read about in Deuteronomy applies to the situation in today's world.

  • "In early July, 2007, an unexpected phone call brought a treasured gift to my life." So begins Joan Levy Earle's account of working with Fred Power, SJ.

  • "How do we maintain both traditional and contemporary values of the novitiate in this new setting? How do we mitigate the negative factors, and how do we discover and take advantage of unexpected opportunities hidden in this new setting?"

  • As 2017 came to an end, John Perry,SJ reflected on some personal reasons for gratitude.

  • "I was hoping we’d make it through last summer without a bunch of dead bears scattered across the landscape, but it was a faint hope."

  • "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."

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