Faith and Politics
October 2012 Newsletter
Faith and Politics
See and hear Xavier University's Dr. Gene Beaupre discuss the impact of faith on politics.
Faith and the American Dream
Listen and watch Dr. Greg Smith from Xavier University describe the impact that faith has on politics and the American dream.
Xavier University’s Center for the American Dream was created four years ago by Xavier alumnus Michael Ford. The goal of this program is to measure the state of the American Dream. The Center recently conducted a national survey asking for people’s views on the matter.
The only woman known to have lived and died a JesuitSecond daughter of Emperor Charles V, Juana was married in 1552 to Joao Manuel, the heir apparent to the Portuguese throne. They were married only two years when her husband died. Shortly thereafter her brother Philip (II), who had married Mary Tudor of England, appointed her Regent of Spain in his absence. And in that same year (1554), Juana approached superiors of the Society of Jesus about becoming a Jesuit. Careful debate and deliberation followed. As Lisa Fullam, a specialist on Juana, puts it: “Juana, widowed at nineteen, was an eminently marriageable young woman. To admit her to the Society would risk enraging her father the Emperor, himself no fan of the Jesuits. But at the same time, to refuse her request was to risk the displeasure of the Regent of Spain... a move that could have serious consequences for the work of the Society there” (“Juana, SJ,” Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits. [November 1999]). Read more.
The Examen, a prayer of awareness that Ignatius of Loyola taught in his Spiritual Exercises, helps one notice God’s presence in our daily lives. This modern adaptation invites reflection upon five points for spiritual thanksgiving, grace, and introspection.
Featured PrayerLet us be united;
Let us speak in harmony;
Let our minds apprehend alike.
Common be our prayer,
Common be the end of our assembly;
Common be our resolution;
Common be our deliberations.
Alike be our feelings;
Unified be our hearts;
Common be our intentions;
Perfect be our unity.
-From the Rig Veda
"Character is much easier kept than recovered."
(Picture by Tai Piazza)
More reflections can be found in the book, Creating Privileged Moments.
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