Please join all of us here at TJP in thanking God for our sixteen Jesuit brothers, newly ordained to the priesthood over the last two weeks. Among them are a few familiar names from our pages: essayists Peter Folan and Jayme Stayer, and our own editor-in-chief, Paddy Gilger. May God bring to completion the good work he has begun in them!
Sixteen new priests, and at least that many individual stories of how they got there — even if every book and film “priest story” follows one of five basic plots, as Joe Hoover noted, while pointing out the deeper story behind all of it.
Along with Joe’s “priest story,” here are another three pieces from the last three weeks good enough that you should …
Stop Here, Read Now
- Ryan Duns on Pope Francis’ improvisational style — jazz rather than symphony — and what it means for the Church
- “Are we willing to live a life of consequence?” — Brendan Busse on the sin of indifference
- Joe Simmons took a look at the conversation sparked by the pope’s comment on atheists and redemption
Have you heard …
Some (more) musical musings from TJP, to go along with the “Jazz Pope”
- Throwback Thursday (#tbt) takes a look at summer music festivals
- TJPodcast returns with Jay Hooks talking to a Jesuit who’s studied the music of Mexico’s drug culture, and the opportunities it offers for reconciliation
- You Can’t Take It With You said goodbye to, among other, the keyboardist of the Doors and a teenager, lost far too soon to cancer, who left a song behind him
Memorials, mourning, and goodbyes
- Tim O’Brien offered a prayer for Memorial Day
- Reflecting on the controversy around the burial of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Jason Welle found a parallel in Greek tragedy
- Not mourning, but Nate Romano bids New York City a fond goodbye as he makes the move to Omaha
- Perry Petrich chimes in again with You Can’t Take It With You, this time seeing off Fr. Andrew Greeley
Culture & Controversy Watch
- Tim O’Brien takes a look at Jeff Chu’s Does God Really Love Me: A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America — which he says may be the canary in the coal mine for whether this can be discussed in polite company — or in the church
- Angelina Jolie as an advocate for affordable health care? Quang Tran breaks it down.
- Chris Schroeder continues to cover the Wes Anderson beat for TJP, this time imagining how he’d write the Gospel
- And in his third (maybe fourth? we’ve lost count) Doctor Who piece, John Shea offers “fashion tips from a Time Lord.“
- A YouTube video got Eric Ramirez thinking about Calvin & Hobbes, and the journey to adulthood
We hope you’re all enjoying your summers — as for us, we’re gearing up to be in Rio for World Youth Day in less than a month. So on our next spin through Weeks in Review, we’ll see you there.