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St Alphonsus Rodríguez SJ: sanctity through service

BY GClapson

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 15:11

For the Feast of St Alphonsus Rodriguez SJ, Patron Saint of Jesuit Brothers.

Detail from a 19th-century carved mother-of-pearl shell which is used in baptisms.

Godtalk: What Baptism Means

BY PKnott

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 10:18

Perhaps baptism ought to have some health warning attached to it; ‘If you take this step, if you go into these depths, it will be life-giving, but also dangerous.’ Jesus disciples discovered that as we see in the Gospels and gone on discovering it ever since. Like the saints before us we tread a dangerous path – which is at the same time the path to life in its fullness.

Patrice has worked as a child miner since he was eight

Mineral mines that bring misery

BY JHellings

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 17:35

Jesuit Missions’ Advocacy Consultant, George Gelber, represents the agency in a Jesuit network that is challenging mining companies over their ethical policies.

Paul VI

Godtalk: Human Sexuality

BY PKnott

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 08:01

At the end of the Synod on the Family, Pope Francis beatified his predecessor, Pope Paul VI. In this week's Godtalk, Peter Knott SJ, argues that it's unfortunate the Paul VI is remembered negatively for Humanae Vitae, a document that was, in the end, prophetic.

Protecting health workers against Ebola infection

Jesuits' response to 'one of the most lethal diseases in human history'

BY GClapson

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 16:04

Fr Paterne Mombé SJ of AJAN on the Jesuits' response to Ebola

Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro

Godtalk: Being friends with Christ

BY PKnott

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 10:35

As Pope Benedict XVI reminded us, being a Christian is not the result of an ethical choice, but an encounter with a person. Pope Francis continues on this theme, particularly in Evangelii Gaudium, where he tells us that all of our evangelising efforts have to be founded on the Joy of the Gospel, on the joy of knowing the person of Jesus Christ. Peter Knott SJ explores the nature of our relationship with Christ, the relationship which should be the foundation of all our other relationships.

Man praying

Godtalk: Help to Self-Understanding

BY PKnott

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 18:29

We can often feel quite lost, restless, and isolated. Rather than think of this as unnatural, as if there's something wrong with us, Peter Knott SJ suggests it might show us that we have a healthier spiritual life than we think.

Helping the Homeless

Godtalk: Attracting People to Christ

BY PKnott

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 11:06

Goodness is the fruit of the love shown by God when he created humankind; Christians don't have a monopoly of goodness. This is key to our evangelisation - our evangelisation will have a much greater chance of success if we can draw others to Christ through their admiration of the sensitivity, understanding and admiration we show for them, rather than by condemnation of the very world in which they, as individual non-Christians, lead lives of what is often sheer human goodness.

Patient with anaesthetist

Labour in the Lord's vineyard

BY JHellings

Friday, October 3, 2014 - 15:34

As we celebrate the harvest, Paul O'Reilly SJ uses the example of a failing hospital to show how stretching ourselves to use our talents can bring great joy.

Smiling Man

Godtalk: Surprised by Joy

BY PKnott

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 19:20

The Gospels are full of references to joy in everyday situations. However, we think of joy as something separate and special from everyday life - parties, weekends, and holidays. But joy cannot be forced - and in fact only really comes about when we actively try to create joy for others.

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