Mountain driving teaches us to focus on the center lines, not the guardrails, to navigate beautiful but treacherous highways. That’s a good lesson for the spiritual life.
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This essay is not about inflation, or about eating at a Michelin star restaurant. This essay is not about exotic superfoods from the Himalayas or about Jesuit extravagance. This essay is about gardening. Put on your work boots, and prepare for some garden variety theology.
The pandemic deprived everyone of a vital aspect of life: the gift of touch. The incarnation shows us that God wants to heal us by touching our wounds. This is especially true for life in a prison. But when we find ways to reach out to others, we discover that Christ has the power to work through our hands to bring healing to those in need.
Do you journal? Or write letters to yourself for future you to read? Read one Jesuit’s post-retreat letter to himself; you may want to take up the same practice!
Canela, a four-legged spiritual master, has been helping me grow in religious life. Here are some of the lessons she’s teaching me.
Like a fish getting caught, this Jesuit’s path to religious life didn’t go as planned.
One Jesuit grapples with the question, “Who is Mary?” when he’s confronted about the Catholic devotion to our Blessed Mother. That leads him to realize that Mary, with her son Jesus, is the one helping him discover the family he has found in his prison ministry.
We’ve all faced failure in our lives—whether in relationships, sports, school, or jobs–and those experiences can make us afraid to take risks. But if we allow ourselves to take leaps of faith, God does beautiful things.
Walking the path of Jesus isn’t easy. It means going to those who’re often forgotten or cast aside by society. Read how one Jesuit walks the king’s highway in his ministry at a prison rehabilitation center in Belize.
There are many things in our lives that we are grateful for. But, can we be grateful for difficult moments too?