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The imitation of Christ is our mission.  To be like Jesus is the task he has given us in the world: the cup that I must drink, you shall drink.    This imitation is much more than copying or mimicry.  To be like the One who came to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many is to become him. It is to live in his life.  The imitation of Christ is feasible for us.  This is not an aspiration to be like someone who is so different from us, so far above us,...
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Pure unspoilt religion in the eyes of God our Father is this: coming to the help of orphans and widows when they need it, and keeping oneself uncontaminated by the world.  The pure version of our faith, according to St James, is all about two aspects of our relation to other people: first, we are to help them in their need, and, second, we are not to be corrupted by them.  The demand that we help people is challenging, it calls out of us love, charity, compassion, when perhaps we are...
Hands holding coins and a sapling.
I have a friend who is a professional fundraiser. Like professional politicians and professional journalists, professional fundraisers are commonly regarded by a cynical public as professional liars whose only contribution to society is to part the gullible from their money – a kind of Darwinian economic determinism. That is, of course, when they are not morally blackmailing overly generous little old ladies to the point of suicide. (Sadly, there are real such examples.)But my friend assures me...
A rugby scrum
        “...You have shown you can be faithful in small things. I will trust you with greater. Come and join in your master’s happiness.”I hope you are enjoying the rugby!I have just one experience of full international rugby – when I was very briefly the match doctor for the Guyanese national team. For any of you who aren’t familiar with rugby, it’s a fairly rough game – if you are American, think of American football, but without the helmets and padding...
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Have you ever been entrusted with a sacred responsibility?I remember the day somebody first gave me a job. It was when I was about six. My grandfather had a clothes shop in Omagh in Ireland. And my job on Saturday mornings was to watch my grandfather serve customers in the shop. And then when one of them bought something my grandfather would take the money from the customer, write the receipt and very solemnly hand both to me. It was then my solemn responsibility to carry the money and the...
The three kings
“Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh.” [Matthew 2.11]When I was about 12, my parents took me on a holiday to Spain at around Christmas time. It was the first time I had ever been abroad. And in Spain, I discovered that people were very different - there was a different culture, a different language, a whole different way of doing things. And although almost everything I encountered was a bit different, the Spanish way of doing things seemed...
At 24, I’m one of the youngest members of the province. Whenever I meet people and begin to explain that I’m from Guyana, there is always a brief pause as they try to remember its geographical location. It’s the only English speaking country in South America and is one of the two regions attached to the British Province. I spent most of my life in Guyana until I entered the novitiate in 2011 in Birmingham.I completed the novitiate and took vows in 2013. I’ve since...
I’m Kensy Joseph. I was born in Kuwait of Indian parents in 1980 and I entered the British Province when I was 27. Ten years after joining the Jesuits I was ordained to the priesthood in July 2018. When I first realised God might be calling me to the priesthood and the religious life, I was surprised! In search of deeper meaning than I found in the corporate life - I studied engineering at university, and worked in business consulting and banking prior to entering the Society - I looked to...
I took first vows as a Jesuit brother in September 2012 after a two year novitiate. I feel called to commit my life to finding out where God is sending me to serve the Kingdom of God in the Society of Jesus. At the moment that mostly takes the form of studying philosophy and theology at Heythrop College. I take part in some of the college chaplaincy events and was part of a new initiative in my community to grow vegetables in our garden.For several years I had the feeling that I did not want to...