In one of his talks via social media, Father Nemo Castelli, S.J., (Chaplain of Fundación Vivienda in Chile) makes me think of the real meaning of Christmas. He said we have failed to remember what and why we celebrate Christmas. We only focus on the food, parties and presents related to Christmas and forget that behind the scenes lies the real meaning and human value of Christmas.
Christmas is one of the most important festivities of Christians. We forgot God was incarnated, entered into our history, and acts in each human being’s heart, wishing all to live the human values of solidarity, union, love, peace and hope as He taught us. He requests we not be afraid; to go forth, to work for a better world in which all of us could live in peace.
The invitation in Christmas is to reflect and shift our lives towards God’s wishes for us. Our hearts and activities should move in the same direction and be able to celebrate together the Nativity of Jesus.
Zandra Schiemann was born in Bogotá, Colombia. Studied Journalism and Social Communications and received a Master’s Degree from Javeriana University of Bogota. She is married with three sons. Zandra currently works as Program Coordinator of Hispanic Ministries at Office of Ignatian Spirituality Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces of Society of Jesus.
Elaine Ireland and Jim Palmer from Loyola on the Potomac Jesuit retreat house will lead our Examen Live! on Aug. 14, 2020, at 12:30 PM Eastern. At the end of the week, let's take a deep breath, remember that we are in the presence of God, and spend a few minutes in prayerful reflection. Sign up to receive updates and reminders.
August 3, 2020 – This month Pope Francis is asking us to join him in praying for The Maritime World. We pray for all those who work and live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen and their families. Our world cries out for healing and renewal. May we place our hand into the hand of the God who calmed the seas that his beautiful gift of creation may be restored and all whose lives depend on the fruits of the ocean be protected, this day and always. As one, may we rejoice and give thanks. Amen.
On the eve of the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, we gather (online) to pray as one Ignatian community for healing, justice, and peace. Join us on Thursday, July 30, from 7:00-7:30 PM ET for this bilingual prayer service.
July 30, 2020 - Join Fr. Jim Martin, SJ, on Sun., Aug. 2 at 4 p.m., for a live, interactive discussion as he shares the Ignatian way of making decisions and the surprising closeness to God it brings, which is needed now more than ever. This event is hosted by the Jesuit retreat houses on the East Coast, and proceeds from the event will go to support their ministries.
July 3, 2020 – This month Pope Francis is asking us to join him in praying for Our Families. The often-frenetic rhythm of life that we follow is detrimental to our family life. This is an important problem, because no one—neither we as individuals nor society as a whole—can do without families. This is truer now than ever during the time of crisis that we are living. As Pope Francis says, “families are not a problem, they are first and foremost an opportunity.”
July 1, 2020 – Fifteen representatives from Jesuit parishes and organizations in New Jersey, New York, and North Carolina, participated in a Day of Virtual Action in Spanish with a member of Senator Bob Menéndez's (D-NJ) staff on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.