Seasons

  • "As we gather at barbecues and picnics today, let's take a few minutes to look back on the gifts of the summer and to ponder what we will take up with a new determination as a new year starts."

  • The Canadian Canoe Pilgrimage celebrated Ignatius Day in North Bay. Erik Oland,SJ preached at the Mass.

  • "This Sunday in Ordinary Time falls on the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Today is also the anniversary of the Second World War bombing of Hiroshima, and, a few days later, Nagasaki. The Church invites us to pray for peace at this time."

  • One day, Ignatius met a Moor travelling in the same direction. Today - the feast of St. Ignatius - Greg Kennedy, SJ imagines the Moor’s version of what has come to be known as “donkey discernment”.

  • Using as a starting point the quote: "In Baptism Eucharist is begun; in Eucharist Baptism is sustained.", Eric Jensen, SJ looks at the celebration of this feast in our faith lives today.

  • How do we need the Spirit? There are the seven traditional gifts of the Holy Spirit (wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and a sense of wonder). I've written previous posts about each of these gifts. But my mind today is closer to home. What do I need?

  • How do we speak about evangelization in our pluralistic and politically correct culture? More and more, we have to be extremely careful about language and assumptions. Recent discussion about cultural appropriation offers a helpful reminder about the need for caution before we open our mouths and ut

  • The post for this 6th Sunday of Easter takes us into the meaning of today's gospel words that the Spirit "abides with you."

  • We celebrate Mother's Day. I'm present with my own mother today, spending time with her as I prepare for major surgery in a few weeks. We are both spending easy time together. I occasionally go out with friends for a visit or to see icebergs (this is Newfoundland after all), but generally we are at

  • I can't imagine a person who can proudly boast, I have enough peace." Whether we look at our own lives or the state of the world, we are easily aware of areas with an absence of peace."

  • I was a member of the team at Loyola House, our Jesuit spirituality centre in Guelph, Ontario, in the 1990s. On most Good Fridays we acted out a mime version of the events of the Pascal Triduum for the retreatants. A member of the team who had studied theology in California brought the production ba

  • Several years ago, I walked the famous Camino de Santiago de Compostela across the north of Spain. After a full day of being confined by hiking boots and having tired feet, I got into the habit of soaking and massaging my feet most evenings. That was practical, even necessary, if my feet were going

  • A doorway leading to Holy Week is an invitation to mysteries both familiar and unknown. . . .But the events of suffering, death, and resurrection are experienced in ever-new ways. Let's find our own path through the mysteries of this sacred Week.

  • In this six-part series, Kevin Burns selects a book for each week of Lent. Each book speaks to one of the great traditions within Catholic culture. Each book also shows how its author integrates that tradition. Six different approaches to the same journey through the desert of Lent to the Easter pro

  • The Resurrection grace of Easter will be revealed to us when we are most in need. In the meantime, that early bud or bird arrives as a harbinger of greater things to come.

  • In this six-part series, Kevin Burns selects a book for each week of Lent. Each book speaks to one of the great traditions within Catholic culture. Each book also shows how its author struggles to apply that tradition. Six different approaches to the same journey through the desert of Lent to the Ea

  • The story of two ants has a very Christian meaning for our daily lives in Lent.

  • Saint Irenaeus reminded us that the fully alive person gives glory to God.

  • In this six-part series, Kevin Burns selects a book for each week of Lent. Each book speaks to one of the great traditions within Catholic culture. Each book also shows how its author struggles to apply that tradition. Six different approaches to the same journey through the desert of Lent to the Ea

  • Lent is a period when this question of WHY should naturally lead to a deepening of our faith. Perhaps the apex of that faith is today's famous verse from Paul's Letter to the Romans: God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit." "

  • In this six-part series, Kevin Burns selects a book for each week of Lent. Each book speaks to one of the great traditions within Catholic culture. Each book also shows how its author struggles to apply that tradition. Six different approaches to the same journey through the desert of Lent to the Ea

  • Our Lenten reflections continue with today's steps that take us further along the path.

  • In this six-part series, Kevin Burns selects a book for each week of Lent. Each book speaks to one of the great traditions within Catholic culture. Each book also shows how its author struggles to apply that tradition. Six different approaches to the same journey through the desert of Lent to the Ea

  • Wilderness. Stones. Mountains. The dust of the ground. Serpents and wild animals. . . These are rich images for us to ponder as we enter into our annual Lenten journey. They are relevant images for the mysteries of life.

  • In this six-part series, Kevin Burns selects a book for each week of Lent. Each book speaks to one of the great traditions within Catholic culture. Six different approaches to the same journey through the desert of Lent to the Easter promise of resurrection. This week Thomas Merton experiences Lent

  • On this Ash Wednesday we are asked that nagging question - what are we giving up for Lent?

  • Had my faith the same intensity and dedication as go into the marvels of this carnival, I would be a walking firebrand setting the world aflame with the love of God. Had my soul the same depth of desire to make manifest the beauty of creation, I would be moving mountains to glorify the Creator. The

  • The Christmas story makes not just great literature but powerful Liturgy. Great literature helps us relive the past, but liturgy makes the past present, here and now, in Mystery / Sacrament / Body of Christ.

  • The Fourth Sunday of Advent offers us the mystery of our identity. It calls us beyond ourselves into an intimacy with the ongoing Body of Christ .

  • In an ongoing new series for igNation, using excerpts from letters written to his parents between 1961 and 1963, Father Frank Obrigewitsch, SJ shares his experience of being a Jesuit novice and scholastic.

  • When God sent His Son to be born on Christmas Day, I doubt He ever expected the frenzy that consumerism would bring with the celebration of this event.

  • Where are all these people rushing to? And why are they in such a hurry? What might they be missing?

  • The Trinitarian God we acknowledge is a community of joy and the purpose of creation and redemption is to share in that joy. Everything in the Christian life is designed to carry us to that joy.

  • The first gospel is simply doing what the fourth gospel will do later, harkening back to the beginning: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

  • Richard Grover explains why he loves Advent more than Christmas.

  • Labour Day means that another summer is coming to an end. It's always good for us to take stock of where we find ourselves in early September. There is the danger of criticizing ourselves or of reducing the taking stock" to what has been accomplished or achieved? Or, worse, what has not been achieve

  • My experience of listening to busy people in our culture has shown me that one of the most helpful elements of discernment Ignatius offers is found in the Latin word magis. People live very demanding, full and busy lives. We have many expectations and desires. But we can't do it all. We need to make

  • We easily forget it, but the Easter season stretches on for a full fifty days after Holy Week. And Easter joy, like any true love, is not all chocolate and bunnies, but something more like the humble fidelity of washing dishes or the small triumph of an extra meatball for your grandkids. Reprinted w

  • July 1st - Canada Day - is special to all Canadians but for some this day has an added significance.

  • Philip Shano, SJ recalls memories of his own father and the impact his father has on his life when he was growing up.

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