Performing Arts and the Mission
April 2013 Newsletter
Performing Arts and Ignatian Spirituality
See and hear Dr. Tom Merrill and Mr. Stephen Skiles discuss the relation of performing arts to the Jesuit mission.
Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, San Francisco
Six years ago music director Dr. Gillian Clements, of San Francisco’s Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, founded a string program in Nyeri, Kenya at The Mount Kenya Academy. Dr. Clements received private funding and outside donations to help purchase violins, violas, cellos, and sheet music for Mount Kenya Academy.To read more about the Saint Ignatius College Preparatory Musical Cultural Exchange, click here.
Finding God In All Things
Highlighted TermIgnatian spirituality is summed up in this phrase. It invites a person to search for and find God in every circumstance of life, not just in explicitly religious situations or activities such as prayer in church (e.g., the Mass) or in private. It implies that God is present everywhere and, though invisible, can be "found" in any and all of the creatures which God has made. They reveal at least a little of what their Maker is like — often by arousing wonder in those who are able to look with the "eyes of faith." After a long day of work, Ignatius used to open the French windows in his room, step out onto a little balcony, look up at the stars and be carried out of himself into the greatness of God. Read More
Life of St. Ignatius Art Cards
These seven beautiful cards depict scenes from Ignatius Loyola’s life as painted by artist Holly Schapker in her collection ADSUM: Contemporary Paintings on Ignatian Spirituality. Click here.
Fall in Love
Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.
-Pedro Arrupe, S.J.
"The really happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour."
(Picture by Mark Lee)
More reflections can be found in the book, Creating Privileged Moments.
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