Does that count? Raised the fifth of six children in an Irish/German household, I am both highly familiar with guilt, but also highly organized by it.  Growing up, we all announced what action or item one was giving up for Lent.  We also, therefore, righteously guarded each other’s social and external practice of penance.  The

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The Jesuit paleontologist priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.  wrote a prayer entitled Patient Trust. The opening line is simply, “Above all, trust in the slow work of God”.  It is a prayer that I personally struggle with as I often push my desires forward; at times perhaps forgetting the deeper desires of Christ.  Chardin

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JesuitSpeak XI Really? I can remember the conversation quite clearly.  I had just finished my first quarter of college and was sitting in my parent’s living room.  My siblings might deny this reality, but as I was the fifth child to go off to college; my parent’s had this topic of conversation memorized. The point

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By: C. Hightower, S.J. I would like to tell you a story about three roommates. Although all students, they had different personalities and interests. Perhaps they had not filled in their roommate preferences honestly or even had their parents fill it in for them (not that any parent would actually do such a thing!).  Two

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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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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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