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.
May 15, 2020 – This two-part video series is excerpted from OIS's spiritual direction workshop, titled "Beyond the Myths of Grief: Wisdom for Spiritual Accompaniment" and presented by Melissa Kelley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. This workshop was presented on April 21, 2018.
May 14, 2020 – An online mini-retreat at Pentecost for Ignatian spiritual directors, happening on May 28, 2020. This retreat is an opportunity for spiritual directors to reflect on how the pandemic experience has been affecting you and your ministry.
While life has always been marked by change and loss, nothing could have prepared us for the sudden loss of “life as we know it” and the suffering that we have witnessed recently. In this live online program, Nicholas Collura, M.Div., will consider experiences of grief in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These 40 days of Lent are an opportunity to deepen our spiritual lives and, as St. Ignatian would say in the Exercises, “to reflect and to take advantage” of the richness of the readings that we will hear. Watch these short video reflections on the Sunday Gospels.