Jesuit Brett Helbling learned an important lesson working at a homeless shelter soup kitchen: Don’t wait to tell someone they are important to you. They may disappear before you get the chance.
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Touching Jesus’s Cloak: Imaginative Prayer in Action
Have you ever used your imagination to pray? Does that sound strange? Imaginative prayer is a core component of Ignatian Spirituality. As part of our Jesuit 101 series, read how one Jesuit entered a gospel passage in which Jesus heals a woman. You might be surprised how awesome this form of prayer can be!
How must the Church grieve those who die alone in the desert?
On All Souls’ Day, Michael Petro explores what it has meant for him to publicly grieve a person he never met.
A Deacon’s Diary: “O Lord, I have never been eloquent” (Exodus 4:10)
Now ordained, am I looking for my voice, or God’s?
Prison Ministry and Beginning Again
Beginnings are difficult, because they render us vulnerable. But we need not simply endure them with gritted teeth; if we enter into them with an open heart, we might find God inviting us into something new.
What if Jesus wrote a diary?: A review
Patrick Hyland, SJ reviews a new book from Bill Cain, SJ imagining the most personal writings of Jesus.
Why Seek God?: Meditations on Imaginative Prayer
I felt my pain, like venom, being drawn out of my body by Christ through his wounds. It was physical, psychological, and spiritual all at the same time and it was overwhelmingly strong and intense.
Finding Jesus in My Sketchpad
Philip Nahlik, SJ shows us how he drew his way into friendship with Jesus
A Deacon’s Diary : What Did Your Ordination Feel Like?
In his second installment, Steve Molvarec, SJ grapples with ontological change over pizza and beer
What is death? Learning to Die with a Friend
What is death? Sometimes we learn the answer to that question when one of our loved ones dies. Read about what one Jesuit learned from his friend, brother, and mentor, Fr. Michael Christiana, passed away earlier this year.