Breaking a Long Silence

A good friend – who worked in Italy as a diplomat for 40 years – once told me a funny story about his Christmas visit to the Jesuit College in Rome during the early 1970s. He mused that the Jesuits celebrated the Nativity of Our Lord exceptionally...

Jesuit liturgy

There is an ironic saying in some parts of the world that claims a good Jesuit liturgy is one in which nobody gets hurt. That is to say, Jesuits are sometimes known for presiding over liturgical celebrations that are less than flawless or perfectly organized. Although...

On human intimacy

As this post is being written, many Bishops and Cardinals are gathered in Rome for the Synod on the Family to discuss various topics such as same-sex relationships and the annulment process. It is quite important – every so often – to pause and consider...

Of new experiences

The three days we spent in Glendalough were enjoyable for everyone. Most of us were able to pass a few hours wandering in the hills – through the ancient hermitage of St. Kevin and along the two lakes – or in peaceful, prayerful solitude. A number of the...

A few days in Glendalough

It is early Tuesday morning and the tertians are slowly getting up, preparing their things for a 2 day sojourn in the ancient region of Glendalough. For thousands of years people have been drawn to the valley of the two lakes for its spectacular scenery, rich history,...