Church Life

Pope Francis’ apostolic journey to Colombia (September 6-11, 2017) was a truly prophetic “manifesto” not only in words but also in actions and gestures. It showed that a different world is possible and indicated to the Church its own role of service as salt of the earth. After decades of government and guerrilla conflicts, the… Read the full article

At one time, when a young Jesuit finished his novitiate and started his studies of philosophy and theology, he was entrusted with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius to be used as a rule of life. It came with a booklet in Latin: Industriae pro superioribus ad curandos animae morbos, written by Fr. Claudio Acquaviva… Read the full article

Characteristics and Biblical images proposed by Pope Francis During Francis’ four-year pontificate we have learned to use the pope’s imaginative definition of a good shepherd as one who wears “the smell of the sheep.” But what are the telltale signs of the “bad shepherd”? First as a Jesuit superior and then as Bishop of Rome,… Read the full article

Painful Paths to Freedom.   The exile Élisée Reclus wrote that “geography is nothing more than history in space, just as history is geography over time.” The forced exodus of millions of refugees that we are witnessing today tells a “story in space,” a nation of refugees, stateless and displaced persons numbering over 65 million… Read the full article

Buddhism presents itself to the public in a subtler way in comparison to other faiths, offering an alternative way for people on a religious quest. Throughout many Christian communities, silence and meditation are no longer connected exclusively to religious practice. There are numerous opportunities for reflection, and some of them have an Asian origin. This… Read the full article

In his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (EG), Pope Francis writes about several principles that should be followed while pursing the common good. One principle is “realities are more important than ideas” (231-233). He returns to this principle in Laudato Si’ (LS), where he invites us to confront the ecological crisis by thinking about the common… Read the full article

Arvo Pärt was born September 11, 1935, in Paide, Estonia, at that time part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Pärt began to learn to play the piano and other musical instruments at an early age. Following his military service, he attended the Tallinn Conservatory. The professors there were strongly influenced by the music… Read the full article