Gaudium Et Spes and Vatican II:
Celebrating 50 Years of Hope and Joy
October 2013 Newsletter
Featured Video Resource
See and hear Dr. Chris Pramuk talk about the history, themes, and relevance of Gaudium Et Spes for today.
Do You Speak Ignatian?
Featured Print Resource
A mini-dictionary that defines many of the terms used in conversations in Ignatian and Jesuit circles. More than 70,000 copies of this publication have been distributed around the world.
Vatican Council II
Convoked by Pope John XXIII to bring the Catholic Church “up to date,” and continued by his successor Paul VI after John’s death, this 21st Ecumenical (i.e.. worldwide) Council (1962-1965) signaled the Catholic Church's growth from a church of cultural confinement (largely European) to a genuine world church. The Council set its seal on the work of 20th century theologians that earlier had often been officially considered dangerous or erroneous. Thus, the biblical movement, the liturgical renewal and the lay movement were incorporated into official Catholic doctrine and practice.
Women Religious in their Foundations and since Vatican II
This month, along with Vatican II and its crowning document “The Church in the Modern World” (“Gaudium Et Spes”), we are featuring brief biographies of twelve founders of women religious communities, recently written for us by members of those communities. To read an introduction to those biographies, highlighting the connection between the sisters’ foundation and their post-Vatican II renewal, click here.
Prayer for the Year of Faith
stir into flame afresh riches of grace that abide in her heart, and bid
us seek from you a new and fiery Pentecost. In fidelity to this call,
sanctify your Church by a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit, that we
might set the world ablaze with liberating truth and radiant beauty of
your beloved Son, Jesus Christ; for you, O Father, are the
lover of mankind. Amen.
-Pope Benedict XVI
Jesuit Education and the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador
Bonus Video Resource
See and hear how Dr. Gillian Ahlgren's (Professor of Theology at Xavier University) approach to Jesuit education was influenced by the Jesuit martyrs in El Salvador.
Prayers for Syria and the Middle East
The Center for Mission and Identity at Xavier University invites you to continue to pray for peace in Syria and the Middle East. Visit this special page as we together pray for peace.
Websites of Interest
Dialogue and Identity of the Council
Video of John O’Malley, S.J.’s presentation at Georgetown University
Vatican 2 Voice Website
Provides resources, book extracts and articles about Vatican II
"Jesus did not come to explain away suffering and remove it. He came to fill it with his presence. "
More reflections can be found in the book, Creating Privileged Moments.
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