First Day Out of Prison: A Modern-Day Parable on Coming Out of the Pandemic and Into Lent

Published Feb 17, 2021 in Blogs, Lent, Spirituality ~ Approx 4 mins

“This whole year has felt like a Lenten penance in the desert, so I’m not thinking about what to give up. Instead, I enter this season replaying images of that day with Javier.” Christopher Alt, SJ, recounts the story of his friend’s first day out of prison and considers what lessons it has for us as we see promises of the end of the pandemic and move into Lent.

About Family Therapy, the Christmas Creche, and Being Molded Deeply Into God’s Divine Embrace

Published Dec 30, 2020 in Blogs, Spirituality ~ Approx 4 mins

Imagine it’s Christmas morning again. You reach into your stocking and pull out a hefty lump of clay with directions attached. You’re to make clay figures of the most important people in your life and arrange them in a way that represents each person’s personality and role in the group dynamic. What does the scene reveal? Christopher Alt reflects on a family therapy technique, the Nativity, and allowing ourselves to be molded more deeply into God’s divine embrace.

My Vocation Story is a Tale of a 20 Year Approach/Avoidance Conflict

Published Nov 11, 2020 in Blogs, Spirituality ~ Approx 4 mins

At eighteen, I studied theology and philosophy at the University of San Diego. After graduation I still wasn’t ready to join the seminary. So, I bounced over to Boston and earned a Master of Divinity. It’s there I first met the Society of Jesus. Even so, I was still hesitant to take the dive. So, I skipped back to San Diego and began a two-year stint as a hospital chaplain. And this is just the beginning of my vocation story! Take a moment to read more and maybe uncover – or perhaps rediscover – your own journey of God’s call for you.

Sometimes I Wonder, What If the Bread Changes but We Don’t?

Published Aug 19, 2020 in Blogs, Spirituality ~ Approx 4 mins

It happened when I served as a Eucharistic minister at a large suburban hospital over five years ago. When I walked into his room, he looked like anybody’s grandpa. I can still see him lying there: a 90-some-year-old man with smallish frame nestled into the middle of the recliner bed, a tuft of white hair atop a wrinkled but happy-go-lucky face, the flimsy-knit, standard issue hospital blanket pulled up just under his chin. Read as Christopher Alt, S.J. reflects on the Eucharist and our everyday life.

Creating Together: Jesuits Invite You to an Interactive Art Retreat

Published May 27, 2020 in Blogs, Spirituality ~ Approx 4 mins

Inspired by Pope Francis’ call to conversion, community-building, and creativity, I thought why not create a retreat and make it virtual for those who might also be feeling just as cooped up and restless as me. So, that’s what I and several other Jesuits with whom I live have done. And you can participate in the retreat too!