Hedwig Lewis SJ

St Alphonsus in old age
31 October marks the 400th anniversary of the death of St Alphonsus Rodriguez SJ (1533-1617), St Alphonsus is a striking example of the transforming power of divine grace. He was gifted with a unique spiritual resilience enabling him to integrate prayer and humble service. That is what makes him stand out as a model for all generations.  St Alphonsus figures as one of the saints who impacted Pope Francis’ spirituality in a new book by Sean Salai SJ: “All the Pope’s Saints: The Jesuits Who...
On 2 September the Society of Jesus commemorates the Blessed Martyrs of France and Spain. This year, the recently beatified Albanian Martyrs have been added to these in its Proper Calendar.Thirty-eight martyrs of the communist regime in Albania were declared Blessed at a ceremony at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Shkodër, Albania, on 5 November 2016. Among them are two bishops, 21 diocesan priests, three Jesuits, seven Friars Minor, a Franciscan novice-nun, three Catholic laymen, and one seminarian....
Incense burner in stained glass at St Ignatius Church Chestnut Hill Massachusetts
Francis – Created by Excelsis to celebrate the Petrine succession of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis, Pontifex Maximus, 266th Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. Francis is an engaging, fresh fragrance with a citrusy top note of bergamot and a soft, woody drydown of sandalwood. Smooth and soothing, A grand aftershave.One wonders what Pope Francis would make of this advertisement for the Excelsis Fine Fragrances Company’s latest creation, ‘Francis Eau de Cologne’. The...