News
An Open Letter to Our Comunidades Hispanas Ignacianas

June 4, 2020 – by Carlos Aedo and Zandra Schiemann

Leer en español.

Dear Friends,

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






Recent News

Examen Live! returns on Friday, July 17, 2020, 12:30 PM Eastern, featuring the prayer lead by the Office of Ignatian Spirituality's own Ignatian Spiritual Direction Initiative. 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.

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.

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.

June 29, 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.

June 18, 2020 – Today, we thank God for the Supreme Court's decision which blocks the current administration from ending DACA. In the last few months, we have been witnesses to many families’ enduring uncertainty as they awaited a decision on DACA. We abide in deep gratitude today.

For nine days leading up to the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we are praying a Sacred Heart Novena, which was written and adapted by Fr. David Stewart, SJ. Pope Francis asks us this month to "pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus." Pray this short, simple prayer with us for nine days—June 11-19.

view all news

Search news


Loyola House of Retreats
Loyola House of Retreats is located on 30 acres of beautiful lawns, gardens and woodland in a quiet section of Morristown, N.J.