In this moment in which so much seems to be in turmoil, the demands of our faith take on deeper significance. In addition to the coronavirus, we are faced with the horror of the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, his pleas ignored as he struggled to breathe. We must remember that we can and should express our faith by fighting for our rights and those of our sisters and brothers who are suffering and are oppressed.
We must realize that our mission as lay people is to be witnesses of the Kingdom and active participants. Faith demands justice. To believe in Jesus is to believe in the values that Jesus himself taught us and to live them, not to remain indifferent.
Each of us is invited to reflect on this and put our faith into action. Let us discover how we can promote peace and work toward social and racial justice.
In the book of the Genesis, God encourages us, in no uncertain terms, to recognize that hatred and war have no place because all are equal in the eyes of God.
God also encourages us not to remain quiet, but to be courageous and committed to the service of faith and the promotion of justice. Our faith goes hand-in-hand with justice, and we must fight together with our sisters and brothers to defend human rights, life, and dignity.
Amidst such sadness and suffering, we might be thinking, “how can we not lose hope?”
First, we must not separate ourselves from reality. We must not look away, and as Christians we must accept that we also bear responsibility. Secondly, we must remember that hope, one of the three theological virtues (faith, hope, and love), comes from God and also leads us directly to God.
May God fill our hearts with love, that we might be able to heal our wounds, those of our sisters and brothers, and those of our nation.
May God protect all of us.
Carlos Aedo Director of Hispanic Ministries
Zandra Schiemann Program Coordinator, Ignatian Hispanic Ministries
September 8, 2020 – This month Pope Francis is asking us to join him in praying for Respect for the Planet’s Resources. We pray that the planet’s resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner.
August 12, 2020 – These two Ignatian examens are intended to guide prayerful reflection on the role that race, racism, and racial bias play in our lives and society. The first examen is written for everyone. The second is written primarily for people who identify as white.
August 12, 2020 – In early March, Jesuit ministry changed nearly overnight. Emails poured in, summarized in the word “canceled.” Masses were canceled. Retreats were canceled. Even Holy Week, for a moment, seemed like it might effectively be called off. But with remarkable speed toward the end of the Lenten season—no doubt attributable to the adaptability innate to the Jesuit way of proceeding—the ministry of Ignatian spirituality moved online.
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.