Focus

  • Food for Thought

    Dec 02, 2016

    The blessing of an Advent wreath can be done at home in families. The text below is taken from "Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers."

  • O Root of Jesse’s Stem

    Dec 02, 2016

    In his recent book "The Hidden Life of Trees," forester Peter Wohlleben compellingly describes how the stump of a tree that had been felled several hundred years ago was still producing new life because of the activity taking place underground.

  • Advent preparation: Are we ready to receive Jesus?

    Dec 02, 2016

    Advent is a time for serious reflection on our lives as disciples of Jesus, whose return we are called not simply to expect but to prepare for -- with great care as well as great joy.

  • The spiritual legacy of Peter-Hans Kolvenbach

    Dec 02, 2016

    Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ, the 29th Superior General of the Society of Jesus, who guided the order through one of the most tumultuous periods in its history, died on Nov 26 in Beirut, Lebanon. He was 87.

  • If clericalism isn’t rich in terms of money, then it is in terms of pride

    Dec 02, 2016

    “Clericalism is rich. If it isn’t rich in terms of money, then it is in terms of pride.” On October 24, Pope Francis paid a visit to Jesuits who were attending their 36th general congregation, having just elected their new superior, the Venezuelan Arturo Sosa.

  • Food for Thought

    Nov 25, 2016

    Refocusing on prayer and spiritual practices during Advent need not be complex or overwhelming.

  • Prepare ye the way

    Nov 25, 2016

    Advent is a time of anticipation, for someone even bigger than Santa Claus is coming to town.

  • Preparation and expectation

    Nov 25, 2016

    Since its fourth-century origins in Western Europe, the season of Advent has undergone various configurations, purposes and focuses depending on who w

  • The Needed Dialogue between Christianity and Islam

    Nov 25, 2016

    All religions are to be respected, and a prior condition for this to happen is to be well-informed about other faiths and to learn how to appreciate them.

  • New Jesuit General’s feeling for the political periphery

    Nov 17, 2016

    Ordinarily I wouldn't dare to say that political leaders have anything to learn from Jesuits. People in public life can read their craft far better than outsiders.