Published Apr 9, 2020 in Art, Film, Pop Culture ~ Approx 6 mins
Films about the life of Christ can help us deepen our relationship with Jesus. Four Jesuits pick four different movies on the life of Jesus and reflect on how these selections help them draw closer to Christ.
Published Apr 8, 2020 in Blogs, Holy Week, Lent, Spirituality ~ Approx 4 mins
“What is truth?” Pilate will ask Jesus. And, Jesus will answer with his life. I’ve been thinking this week about a Jesuit brother of mine who has been sitting in jail in Brunswick, Georgia, for the last two years trying to do the same: answer with his life.
Published Mar 19, 2020 in Current Events, Faith & Family, Global Catholicism, In the News, Prayers, Religious Life, Spirituality ~ Approx 3 mins
This is a time where people should develop an attitude of contemplation. How can we take a “long, loving, look at the real,” during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Published Mar 16, 2020 in Current Events, Lent, Spirituality ~ Approx 3 mins
Both the season of Lent and the current coronavirus crisis are desert experiences. Just as we adapt new practices during Lent, we are experiencing radical changes in our lives with the spread of COVID-19. Last month, we reached out to TJP readers about how they are praying, fasting, and giving alms this year. Many of you responded. Read the responses, along with the graces that readers are receiving. You’ll find that these words echo even stronger amid the uncertainty and anxiety of the current crisis.
Published Mar 4, 2020 in Blogs, Lent, Spirituality ~ Approx 4 mins
One of the great images of Lent is Jesus being driven into the desert where he goes toe-to-toe with Satan. As real as Jesus’ temptations are to pleasure, fame, and power, they are but expressions of a more fundamental and deceptively obvious one: the temptation to forget who and whose you are.
Published Mar 1, 2020 in One-Minute Homily, Videos ~ Approx 1 min
Just like Jesus in the desert, we are tempted on a regular basis. Damian Torres-Botello, SJ, reminds us that Jesus is both our model and our biggest support when trying to avoid temptation.
Published Feb 26, 2020 in Ask Iggy, One-Minute Homily, Videos ~ Approx 1 min
At the beginning of Lent, we focus on…our death?! Jeff Ryan Miraflor, SJ, and Eric Immel, SJ, reflect on death, Lent, and the greater meaning of life.
Published Feb 26, 2020 in Blogs, Lent, Spirituality ~ Approx 3 mins
There is something I find at Mass on Ash Wednesday that I don’t find elsewhere. Nowhere besides here do I step in line with old ladies in purple sweaters, fellow students, elderly widows, the nuns, the homeless, the workers on lunch hour, the priests, and the University president to face our shame, imperfections, and our transgressions, together.
Published Feb 19, 2020 in Blogs, Lent, Spirituality ~ Approx 4 mins
Ash Wednesday is just one week away. Before you decide to give up candy or french fries or even Facebook, I encourage you to take some advice: do nothing.