Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Indeed, Catholicism is a faith of rich beauty, which comes from the beauty of Christ. If you would like to see Fr. Barron's outstanding website with many more videos and articles, you can go here.
Just tonight, my brothers and I here had some carol-singing in the house, with much good cheer, and even a "Las Posadas" Latino tradition of re-enacting Mary and Joseph's search for a room to give birth to the Christ-child. I will be able to spend Christmas Eve and the 3 days after that with my family, which also will be very fun.
Dr. Kevin Embach, nSJ
Degrees: Bachelor of Science (BS), Doctor of Medicine(MD), Master of Public Health in Epidemiology (MPH)
Major Previous Occupations: Practiced and taught Internal Medicine in an Internal
Medicine Residency Program for 18 yrs.
Passions/Interests: Society of Jesus, medicine, Ignatian spirituality
Role Models/Inspirations: Parents, Uncles, Blessed Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II, Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, CSC, Presidents Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy
Hobbies: Power Boats, Sailing, Photography and Golf
Favorite Sports Teams: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Reason he joined the Jesuits: Personal invitation from Christ; the "Invitation of a Lifetime"
Favorite parts of being a Jesuit: Helping others find Christ, the great brotherhood in the Society of Jesus
Ken Homan, nSJ
Degrees: None, but started history and theology majors with a minor in justice and peace studies; will likely finish with a major in history and philosophy
Previous Occupations: Dock boy (2 summers), tutor (a lot), wrestling coach (3 years and still going), National Park Service Tour Guide at Wind Cave National Park (1 summer, www.nps.gov/wica), Mission Coordinator for Creighton Students Union (1 year), student
Passions/Interests: weight training, wrestling, climbing trees, hiking, environmental conservation, activism, human rights, social justice, writing poetry and stories (non-fiction), history, theology, giving John Roselle a bad time :)
Hobbies: whittling, playing piano, writing poetry, weight training, wrestling, hiking, pretty much see passions/interests
Favorite Sports Teams: Anything Jr. Billikens, but mostly the wrestling team; I bleed SLUH blue
Reason he joined the Jesuits: To serve God and humanity
Favorite part of being a Jesuit: the opportunities to continue learning and growing; opportunities to serve others and speak out for human rights around the world; good variety of new people to meet and become friends with, whether in ministry or community
Greg Ostediek, nSJ
Monday, December 20, 2010
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Sunday, December 19, 2010
One of my favorite parts of Jesuit spirituality (and of the Jesuits in general) is that they are SO focused on Jesus Christ. Makes, sense, doesn't it, considering we are Catholic Christian and are even named the "Society of Jesus"? :)
In the interview with Archbishop Timothy Dolan below, he speaks with Fr. James Martin about how the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius (founder of the Jesuits) are literally 4 weeks of silent prayer devoted to further developing an intimate friendship with Jesus. Of course, that is the hope and goal of many Christians, but is a special gift of this Jesuit way of life and prayer.
Just tonight my brothers and I gathered for an Advent prayer service, and it came into my heart what the late leader of all the Jesuits, Fr. Pedro Arrupe, said when he was asked who Jesus was to him.
"For me, Jesus Christ is everything."
Wow, I want a faith like that! :)
In light of that, I will share with you an oft-quoted passage from Fr. Pedro Arrupe:
"Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in love, stay in love and it will decide everything."
For those interested in learning more about the Jesuits, or about how the Jesuits relate to the overall Church, this is a wonderful window into those topics.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
In our "A Frog's Christmas" puppet show, four creative Jesuit novices portray the struggle of Schwan--a little frog--in his search for God. Feeling lost, Schwan meets a somewhat egotistical flamingo who introduces him to several new friends who teach him more about God and about himself. He also meets a mean alligator named Tooth-face who challenges his newfound faith in God. Eventually he comes to a realistic awareness of himself as a loved sinner, who can see that God has come to Earth as a child on Christmas. This show is aimed at kids from kindergarten to fourth grade, and it aims to make some of the themes of the Spiritual Exercises fun and accessible for this age group. It is hilarious, insightful, engaging, and relevant to people of all ages. Similar shows have regaled kids and adults in school, parish, and other settings. "A Frog's Christmas" is between 15-20 minutes long, and can include extra time for questions, audience participation, and other elements as desired by the school or parish.