Vatican Council II: Gaudium Et Spes: Celebrating 50 Years of Hope and Joy

Gaudium Et Spes is the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World resulting from the Second Vatican Council.

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Prayer for the Year of Faith

Eternal God, you called your Church at the Second Vatican Council to
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

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Understanding Jesuit and Ignatian Spirituality

Ever wonder how to describe Ignatian and Jesuit Spirituality? This brochure written by Br. Darrell Burns, S.J., does just that. Providing a contemporary description of the tradition, it is an ideal resource for new students, faculty and staff.

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