Mass of the Holy Spirit and the Mission
August 2013 Newsletter
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See and hear Father LaRocca, S.J. consider the relationship between the Mass of the Holy Spirit and the mission.
Mass of the Holy Spirit
The Mass of the Holy Spirit is one of the oldest traditions observed by the Society of Jesus, and serves as an invocation of the Holy Spirit to assist all members of academia in their pursuit of knowledge and wisdom.
Freedom and Discernment
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Watch and listen to Fr. Michael Sheeran, President of the ACJU, talk about the importance of freedom and discernment in Ignatian spirituality.
Lighting the Way:
Incorporating Jesuit Values as a Student Leader
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This book of reflections on Jesuit values was written by student leaders for student leaders. Articles include: A.M.D.G., Cura Personalis, Discernment, Reflection, Finding God in All Things, and several others. Reflection questions help students think about how these values impact their studies and leadership. It is perfect for training student government, resident hall advisors, orientation leaders, retreat leaders and other students who have leadership roles on campus.In this updated pedagogical resource, faculty describe how they incorporate the Jesuit mission and identity into their specific courses, from chemistry to marketing to theology.
Ignatius of Loyola and his first companions, who founded the Society of Jesus in 1540, did not originally intend to establish schools. But before long they were led to start colleges for the education of the young men who flocked to join their religious order. And in 1547 Ignatius was asked to open a school for young lay men.
By the time of his death (1556), there were 35 such colleges (comprising today's secondary school and the first year or two of college). By the time the order was suppressed in 1773, the number had grown to more than 800 — all part of a system of integrated humanistic education that was international and brought together in a common enterprise men from various languages and cultures. These Jesuits were distinguished mathematicians, astronomers and physicists; linguists and dramatists; painters and architects; philosophers and theologians; even what today would be called cultural anthropologists.
The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
It is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete,
Which is another way of saying that
The Kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that should be said.
No prayer fully expressed our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
Knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produced effects far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything,
And there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning,
A step along the way,
An opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results,
But that is the difference
Between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders,
Ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future that is not our own.
-Archbishop Oscar Romero
"Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence."
-Henry David Thoreau
More reflections can be found in the book, Creating Privileged Moments.
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