calendar 2014

A quote from Walter Ciszek SJ in his book He Leadeth Me
Walter Ciszek SJ has received little attention from the wider world since his death in 1984. Although better known in Jesuit circles, particularly for his two books With God in Russia and He Leadeth Me, Ciszek spent most of his life in obscurity. The main reason for this is obvious; having volunteered as part of a Jesuit missionary group for the re-evangelisation of then Communist Russia, Ciszek had been arrested, spending five years in solitary confinement in the Lubianka Prison in Moscow, and...
This is the tenth reflection, commemorating the two hundredth anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus. A reflection on the life of Bl Miguel Pro.The nuns of Mary, Queen of Apostles, sing the hymn Jesu dulcis mermoria. Sweet is the very thought of Jesus; giving true joy to the heart. But sweeter than the sweetest honey, is his very Presence.Miguel Pro was martyred in 1927 having been arrested and executed for the crime of being a priest at a time which was described by the English...
This is the ninth reflection, commemorating the two hundredth anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus. A reflection on the life of Henri de Lubac.You are the centre, Lord, of my life. The centre of my life. Amid all my preoccupations, all the worries and hassles and concerns in my mind right now, can I focus for a moment on the centre of my life? Can I open my heart to God, my guide, my healer, my teacher? Can I stop for a moment and listen to God’s voice?Henri de Lubac was...
This is the eighth Pray as you go reflection, commemorating the two hundredth anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus. A reflection on the life of St Alberto Hurtado.Joanne Boyce sings You are my Hands. As I listen to this music can I put myself entirely at Gods’ mercy?This month we are reflecting on the life of St Alberto Hurtado. Born in 1901, Alberto was a Chilean priest, lawyer and social worker, who in 1944 became the founder of the ground breaking charitable...
This is the seventh reflection commemorating the two hundredth anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus. A reflection on the life of Gerard Manley Hopkins.The monks of the Abbey of Keur Moussa sing: O all you works of the Lord, O bless the Lord, To him be highest glory and praise for ever. Wherever it is I am right now, what works of the Lord can I see? Perhaps the sky, the clouds? Perhaps hills or fields, or a horse or a dog, or a tree? Perhaps it’s just the inside of a bus...
This is the sixth Pray as you go reflection, commemorating the two hundredth anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus. A reflection on the life of Anthony de Mello.Karen Money sings Sanctuary: ‘Take me to a quiet place, where I can be with you.’Anthony de Mello was born in 1931 in Bombay, and had a major influence on Christian spirituality across the globe. He developed an engaging story-telling technique called ‘Sadhana’ that has enhanced the use of...
This is the second reflection, commemorating the two hundredthanniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus. A reflectionon the life of Pedro Arrupe.  The St Thomas Music Group sing Mysterium Amoris by Margaret Rizza, froma text by John Main: The meaning of life is the mystery of Love. Just as theroots of trees hold firm in the soil, so it is the roots of love that hold theground of our being together. Pedro Arrupe was born in 1907, and was the first Basque since...
This is the first reflection commemorating the two hundredthanniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus. A reflectionon the life of Teilhard de Chardin.  ‘Christ be near at either hand’. Let me make these simple words my prayer today. Let me know Christ’s presence in my life, Christ’s closeness to me in everymoment of this day, and let me welcome that presence with an open heart. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was born in 1881 and became...
The French philosopher, palaeontologist and geologist, Fr Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ is the focus for the Society of Jesus this January, as he features in the commemorative calendar produced by the Jesuits in Britain. The calendar was this week launched in an online version, in several languages and with more detailed essays about each of the 12 featured Jesuits than could be offered in the printed version. The Jesuits in Britain issued their 2014 calendar as the Society of Jesus...

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