Studies

How to Become a Jesuit Saint in Under Twenty Simple* Steps

Last week our study focus turned to some of the great men in the history of the Society of Jesus. Throughout the week we novices researched and presented the lives of Francis Xavier, Pierre Favre, Matteo Ricci, Edmund Campion, Jean de Brebeuf, Rupert Mayer, Pedro Arrupe and Alberto Hurtado. As an exercise in reflection I… Continue reading How to Become a Jesuit Saint in Under Twenty Simple* Steps

Jesuit life · Reflection · Studies

A Jesuit Enquirers Reading List

As mentioned in a blog by Stephen, we recently hosted an ‘enquirers and candidates weekend’ at Manresa House for those considering and applying to join the Society of Jesus. In many of my discussions I was asked by visitors about helpful things I have read which helped develop my understanding of the Society and helped… Continue reading A Jesuit Enquirers Reading List

Reflection · Studies

Meetings Matter!

There are several unusual things this week that I could focus on in this post, including a visit to Birmingham Oratory with a tour of JH Newman’s rooms and library; the University of Birmingham Carol Concert; Mass with a gathering of several thousand Syro-Malabar Catholics (http://bhx.smcbirmingham.org.uk/index.html); Mass with the Vietnamese community in Handsworth; my first… Continue reading Meetings Matter!

Apostolates · Reflection · Studies · Uncategorized

Theory and practice of religious life

For the last couple of weeks I have been experiencing what are apparently common features of many Jesuits’ lives, namely needing to work on tasks that come up unexpectedly while still trying to do the normal tasks but for which one is not really competent. The unexpected task came from the repeated cries of anguish… Continue reading Theory and practice of religious life