Faith and culture

Rehearsals for Inigo
A new play about the life of St Ignatius Loyola opens tonight in London. Thinking Faith’s Editor spoke to Jonathan Moore, writer and director of Iñigo, about the man he is putting on stage and his experience of doing so.  From raucous Basque courtier to the focused, prayerful compiler of the Spiritual Exercises – how does Ignatius’s life story lend itself to dramatic interpretation?‘Imagination will take you to a greater truth than academia’. According to...
Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society
The late Robin Williams’ character in Dead Poets Society is often hailed as a paradigm of an inspirational teacher. But his words to his students – ‘Carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary’ – are further away from the Gospel than we sometimes think, says Damian Howard SJ. He offers a more nuanced model of what it means to form ‘men and women for others’, as Jesuit educators aspire to do. How does the Ignatian spirit enrich the life...
‘Before we embark on this showcase of memory at this centenary of appalling violence, it is a good thing to ask: What are we about to do? What is a correct orientation to all of this?’ Nathan Koblintz uses the poetry of Edward Thomas, who wrote during, but rarely about, the First World War, to think critically about the act of remembrance.  The words of an Ignatian prayer offer us a spiritual ideal for remembering the War – how does Thomas’s poetry come close to...

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