The Potter and the Bowl: In Whose Hands Do We Find Ourselves?

Published Feb 24, 2021 in Lent, Spirituality ~ Approx 3 mins

I’ve been throwing pottery for over a year now. For a while, I had the technique down, or at least down enough to center the clay and build from there. But lately, I have had the worst time centering the clay. As I sit with my struggles to center the clay, my mind wanders to the world around me: does anything feel centered these days?

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.

Walking with Christ through Film

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.

Life Changes from Lent and Coronavirus: What TJP Readers Are Doing

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.