It’s that time of year again; the students are settling into classes, club events are beginning, and campus life is getting busy.  With the beginning of each new year comes new challenges, friendships, joys and struggles.  Yet as things change from year to year, there are certain traditions that remain strong.  One of the greatest

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By: Fr. C. Hightower, S.J. Contemplatives-in-Action For a Jesuit, contemplation and action are not distinct and disparate realities, but rather simultaneous phases of a single action.  The first Companions were radically service orientated.  They avoided individualistic piety while also avoiding mere humanistic activism.  Ignatian spirituality, when practiced completely, frees one totally for the secular, exactly

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By: Michelle Wheatley Each year, more than 1500 students participate in a University Ministry retreat, liturgy or program in response to Gonzaga’s challenge to pursue excellence in all areas of life.  These students, guided by Gonzaga’s distinctive mission to educate the whole person, seek to integrate spirituality with their desire to serve others and discover

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Blessing “Fruits and Nuts” When one joins the Society of Jesus, he spends his first two years in the Jesuit novitiate.  It is in the novitiate that novices learn to live Ignatian Spirituality and thus start their journey towards becoming either a Jesuit priest or brother.   As beginners in the Jesuit way of proceeding, one

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C. Hightower, S.J. JesuitSpeak V Men and Women for Others In an interview with the Italian journalist Renzo Giacomelle, Peter Han Kolvenbach, S.J., the former Father General of the Society of Jesus, described the hope and desire of  Jesuit schools  everywhere: The Society hopes its former pupils will be socially recognizable as such, not only

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Cura Personalis Care of the (whole) person. The University Ministry office sits on the main floor of the Crosby Student Center right between the bank and the coffee shop.  Sister Laura Michels, SNJM, tells students the office location is “Christ between coffee and cash,” but that is another story.  The bank staff was wearing shirts the

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A.M.D.G. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam  “For the greater glory of God” Motto of the Society of Jesus  These initials are seen engraved on cornerstones on Jesuit campuses around the world (OK, more recently, tattooed on various body parts).  The key to this motto is the word “greater.” Ignatius was not interested in simply doing good

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