Listening to “Others,” or What I Learned From a Language Exchange

  May 5, 2021  Blogs, Race, Spirituality ~ Approx 5 mins

At the beginning of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Andrew Milewski, S.J. reflects on how a language exchange turned into a place of encounter and friendship. In this place of encounter, he wrestles with how to pray and have solidarity with the diverse Asian-American community and his friends who are a part of that group.

Socrates, Ignatius of Loyola, and Social Media Etiquette

  Mar 31, 2021  Blogs, Holy Week, Social Media, Spirituality ~ Approx 3 mins

In this Holy Week, I remember Jesus’s words on the cross, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” I ask for forgiveness, for the damage that I have caused unknowingly, and I forgive those who have damaged me with their words and actions. Join me as I reflect how an ancient Greek philosopher and a late-medieval Spanish Basque Priest guide me on using social media for the greater good.

In a Field Hospital Church, We Need Healers Like Carlos

  Mar 24, 2021  Blogs, Lent, Religious Life, Sexuality, Spirituality ~ Approx 4 mins

Our first meal was at a loud bar with gloriously cheap food. Our second meal was at our beloved parish, St. Ignatius Loyola on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. We kept having these two meals over and over again. On Sundays, though, the food didn’t change. His distribution of Communion was never an isolated sacramental act, but the moment that gave clarity to the rest of our encounters. Meet my friend Carlos, a dear friend who helped redirect my life.

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

  Feb 17, 2021  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.

Rend My Heart, O’God, the Opportunity of an Open Door

  Feb 10, 2021  Blogs, Spirituality ~ Approx 4 mins

The prophet Joel extolls the people of God to rend their hearts and not their garments to be touched and broken and changed at a deeper level than what is visible, a profound, inner conversion, one of the heart. And God will find us in the most beautiful ways. All we have to do is open the door. Find out what happens when I open a door and start seeing Christ on the other side.