reflection

A rifle, from unsplash by Thomas Tucker
The Monthly Intentions of the Holy Father are our way of sharing his concerns and taking these into our own hearts and prayer. Sometimes these concerns can be uncomfortable, even challenging. That is because they must be about real-life issues and these can often be complex and awkward. Our Christian faith is no better than superstition if we restrict it to safe topics or only with a restricted range of concerns, deemed appropriate. This month’s First Intention of the Holy Father is one such –...
Event poster that reads "Jubilee of Mercy"
Morning Reflection with Paul Nicholson and Ann DunneOn December 8th 2015, Pope Francis inaugurated the Holy Year of Mercy.  On the second Saturday mornings from February to June 2016, the Hurtado Jesuit Centre offers you a time to reflect on five aspects of God’s loving kindness.  This period will also embrace the ‘joyful season’ of Lent.  You are most welcome to come and discover greater spiritual depth though the door of mercy.The next Saturday morning...
The Novice members of the Novitiate Community 2015
Before coming to Birmingham, I had lived on my own for pretty much 8 years, with only a short period of flat-sharing in the few months immediately before. I’m used to single living and, in many respects, I thought I was set in my ways. I’ve been a little fearful of the realities of community life, although also very conscious that it has been part of the appeal of the Jesuit way of living. I like the ideal of us making our way in the world and then coming back to community, at the end of each...
Athlete gets a false start on the running track
I once knew a professional athlete. She was a 100 metres runner. At the age of 28, she was coming towards the end of her 10-year career. To maintain her sport, she worked five days a week and trained seven evenings a week. Her only time off was going shopping on Saturday mornings and going to church on Sunday mornings. She ate nothing – absolutely nothing - that was not on her diet sheet. She never went to parties, or discos. She never had a boyfriend and did not expect either to get married or...
Come and join us on a Saturday morning for:a short guided reflectiontime for silence or stillnessthe chance to talk to an experienced listenerSome nice coffee and pastries will also be available.The theme will be "Advent and Waiting"As we reach towards the end of term, join us to savour the magic of Advent. We will hold on together for the light yet to come in anticipation of future celebrations and joy.Places will be limited so please book in advance: 020 7488 7325 or welcome@...
This is the fifth reflection commemorating the two hundredth anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus. A reflection on the life of Cardinal Augustin Bea.The monks of Pluscarden Abbey sing the Benedictus: “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel! He has visited his people and redeemed them. He has raised up for us a mighty saviour in the house of David his servant, as he promised by the lips of holy men, those who were his prophets from of old. A saviour who would free us from...
It is a characteristic Jesuit ministry to use imagination and creativity in what the Formula of the Institute calls, with great licence, "any other ministration whatsoever of the word of God".  Here in Britain, it is the task of Jesuit Media Initiatives to lead the way in this ministry by developing and implementing new ideas, initiatives and projects, using especially 'new media' such as the internet, CDs and DVDs, though not necessarily excluding the 'established media' of film and video...
Cross and rosary
A personal reflection from a JRS volunteer, Sr Juliana, who offers her thoughts after being with JRS for a couple of months... My journey at Jesuit Refugee Service, it all started during our CSJP's Congregation (Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace) experience here in London, as we explore where God is calling and leading us for future ministries in accordance with the signs of times and the needs of the world today. Right form that day something really touched and stayed with me...
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...

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