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.
Especially on behalf of members of our Comunidades Hispanas Ignacianas — Hispanic Ignatian communities — we want to thank to the Jesuit parishes, pastors, and their members. The parishes helped numerous people complete their applications to DACA, find funds for the process, and offered accompaniment to families who were uncertain of how to proceed.
Thank you, as well, to the Office of Ignatian Spirituality and its staff. With their support and prayers, Comunidades Hispanas Ignacianas have flourished and have motivated men and women to ask themselves how their faith moves them to action.
Thank you, as well, to the Jesuit Provincials. Since the beginning, they have come out in support of DACA and have been in contact with legislators. In particular, thanks to Frs. John Cecero, SJ, and Robert Hussey, SJ, from the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces.
Thank you, as well, to the Ignatian Solidarity Network which has mobilized adults and young people in the Ignatian family in defense of DACA for the past few years. This network has educated and nurtured thousands of men and women as they unite their faith with justice.
Still, there is much to do. We must continue to fight to protect not only the recipients of DACA but their entire families. We must not forget those currently seeking asylum who have found closed doors along our borders.
Our faith is one that demands action. Our Ignatian path is one of justice. As an Ignatian family, days like today help us remember that as a body in communion with Jesus Christ we are capable of doing great things, living the “magis,” and building up of the Kingdom of God.
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.
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.
June 5, 2020 – My colleagues and I at the Office of Ignatian Spirituality are deeply troubled by the recent deaths of unarmed people of color—George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and far too many others—and we stand in solidarity with all those voicing outrage. The racism and injustice behind these tragedies is further laid bare by the ongoing suffering caused by the pandemic, which we know affects people of color disproportionately.