Personal Introduction

Welcome! My name is John Roselle, SJ, and I took lifelong ("perpetual") vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience as a Jesuit on August 13th, 2011 after a two-year novitiate. I am now a Jesuit Scholastic for the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus. I will study philosophy and theology for the next three years at Loyola University in Chicago. At the same time, I will do part-time ministry in some capacity with the poor. After that, I will likely teach for three years before finishing three more years of theology. Then, God willing, I will be ordained a Roman Catholic Jesuit priest! It's a long road, but a blessed, fun, and enriching one. This blog exists as a resource for friends, family, and others who are interested in my progress through the Jesuit process of formation. Every day is its own adventure, and I am happy to have you along with me to share in this. This blog contains my own personal thoughts and should not be taken to speak for the entire Society of Jesus. Feel free to contact me. God bless you!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Glory of God

St. Ignatius specifically wanted Jesuit novices to preach.  In the novitiate, we are asked to preach on occasion as well.  This is a reflection on Scripture from the Book of Exodus

Painting by William Blake
Where is the “glory of the Lord” in YOUR life?

The Israelites were aware that the glory of the Lord filled the Dwelling Moses built for God.

As Jesuits, in the spirit of Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins who said “the world is charged with the grandeur of God,” we are aware that the glory of the Lord fills the Dwelling that God has built for us—
In other words, the glory of the Lord fills our very lives.

So often, I don’t think it feels like that to us. 

We get so jaded, afraid, shamed, angry, and otherwise preoccupied that we  
                                               can’t see the glory.

The Israelites looked for a hovering cloud and fire that spoke to them of God's glory.  So where is it for us?  Where is the cloud?  Where is the fire?  or should I say with Jerry McGuire:

I think that desire should be at the heart of the Jesuit practice of the daily Examen:
We want to see the glory of God in our daily lives.

As good as it is to pay attention to the little things in our Examens, I’m talking about something more.  

We need to have our eyes opened to the BIG picture of God’s glory.
The Israelites knew about God’s big glory.  

For myself, there has been a consistent barrier to beholding the glory of God in my life.  That barrier is a fear of my sinfulness (inherent to all of us).  Yet since the retreat, God has been breaking through.
In prayer, I have just been marveling lately, on the heels of my stupid sinfulness:
"God it is AMAZING that you LOVE ME!!!!!"

That is a big statement; that is BIG glory.  That is the kind of thing that can lead us out of our particular miseries, into the freedom of the sons and daughters of God.

So, where is the BIG glory of God in your life?

Is it in glory of a friendship?  Of your vocation in life?  Of a talent within you?  Show me the glory!

Let us pray that like Moses and the house of Israel, we would be bowled over by God’s glory, in our lives and especially as we are about to take part in this glorious mystery as Catholics, the Holy Eucharist.


  1. I've always liked Saint Ignatius's explanation that we are all "Loved Sinners." That sure helps me a lot. Your article also reminded me of something Archbishop Fulton Sheen Once said: (Kinda paraphrased here) One should not say "God loves everyone, therefore, He must love me". Rather one should say, "God loves *ME*!! Therefore, He MUST love everyone!" :)

  2. I feel great shame over my sins. Christ gives me hope and courage to overcome that shame. I really resonated with this post and Carol's comments.