Fr. Paul Shelton, SJ talks about his favorite Jesuit saint, Alberto Hurtado, and his desire to be a fire that kindle other fires.
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After nine years of Jesuit formation, it is still clear to me that my Jesuit formation actually started with my parents. Married for more than 40 years, my parents have kept their faith and have kept their sons at the center of their lives. Even though neither of my parents completed their bachelor’s degree, they sacrificed financially to ensure that their two sons would receive a Catholic education — from kindergarten to college (Xavier for my brother, Creighton for me). Even before I joined the Society of Jesus or formally took vows, my parents’ quiet and steadfast persistence in their work, family, and faith had modeled the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. My undergraduate experience at Creighton completed what my parents had started. Whereas my parents taught me the virtues of hard work, honesty, and Hoosier hospitality, the Jesuits at Creighton transformed these virtues by teaching me about Ignatian spirituality, social justice, the global society, and 'the magis.' Most importantly, they modeled what the ultimate “Father” is doing in the world. They also encouraged me to keep expanding my horizons by looking for God in all things and in all places. (Jeff Sullivan, SJ)
Here, a man dreamed a different future for himself. Leaving behind his dreams of chivalry and courtship, he dared to dream of following Christ more fully. At this source, I prayed in thanksgiving to all those who continue to make this journey possible, for all my brother Jesuits around the world, and for those who have yet to join this least Society. Dare to dream. #Repost @ooleesays. #jesuits #amdg #loyola #gratitude #catholic #art #saint #beajesuit #life #today #inspiration #instagood #instalife #instahub #freedom #holiness #loyola #saints #god #jesus #love #peace #hope #faith #catholicism #catholicchurch #jesuit #jesuitas #spain #españa
Why did you choose the Jesuits? “I like to think that God chose me for the Jesuits. God was drawing me towards a group that was adventurous, all-in on education, committed to justice, and after the heart of Jesus; it just took me a long time to figure that out. Here is a picture of a bunch of other Jesuits and me on top of Machu Picchu in Peru. We went to learn Spanish, to be with Jesuits not from the US, to learn from a different culture, and to do service on the outskirts of the city. When I first started thinking about being a priest and being a religious, I never dreamed that it would take me to mountaintops with such great companions and be a place where we could celebrate Mass together. This is the life I always dreamed of living!” (Nathan Krawetzke, SJ) #extra_ordinarylives #humansofsj
When I graduated high school, I wanted to be either a mountain man, a freelance artist, or a high school science teacher who fought wildfire professionally in the summer. I also had a very, very restless heart. In addition, I kept having a very peculiar sort of thought, different than all the others, that I should become a Catholic priest and that the restlessness could finally find its home in faith and philosophy. 4 continents and 6 languages later, on this day, I have been a priest for 7 years. That peculiar thought has taken me to so many beautiful people (like yourselves) and places, and has also led me through some very dark times, but it has led me to the place where I am now, filled with greater inner peace and freedom than I’ve ever had or thought I could have; a peace both hard won, and gratuitously given. A peace wrought from walking the complicated paths of the human heart that can hopefully be of some use and solace to others as well. And what’s more, I have had more chances to be a mountain man, an artist, a scientist, and wildfire fighter (fires of a certain sort anyway) than I ever thought. All this makes me very grateful. (Fr. Nathan Sparks, SJ) #extra_ordinarylives #humansofsj
“In my last years before ordination, my ‘professors in blue’ in both the death row and ‘mainline’ populations at San Quentin State Prison have taught me much about what it means to be both a priest and minister. During communion services on death row, I preside while standing in a small cage. The congregation sits in another cage, separated from me by a sturdy steel mesh. At communion time, the men come one by one to reach through a small hole in the cage in order to receive communion. It's a powerful image for me: in a dark place, God's people desperately reach out past a barrier in search of love, mercy, and God's own presence just as God reaches out to the prisoners past barriers both physical and non-physical. And as a Jesuit, I get to be a part of this encounter between God and God's people.” (Matt Spotts, SJ) #extra_ordinarylives #humansofsj
#Jesuit Father Kyle Shinseki, a newly ordained priest, recently returned home to Hawaii to celebrate his first Mass of Thanksgiving at Immaculate Conception Church in Lihue, Kauai. ... Fr. Shinseki planned a multicultural Mass that reflects his belief that the Catholic Church should work to blend cultural communities better together. “At least growing up in Hawaii, [being intercultural] seems more natural,” Fr. Shinseki says. He was ordained at the Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee on June 9, along with three other Midwest #Jesuits. Photos by Anna Weaver/Hawaii Catholic Herald. #SocietyofJesus #BeAJesuit #AMDG Repost @midwestjesuits
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Repost @vocacionesjesuitascam. Today we celebrate the feast of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, SJ, patron saint of students, Christian youth, and AIDS patients and caregivers. The Church is currently celebrating a Jubilee Year of St. Aloysius Gonzaga in honor of the 450th anniversary of the birth of this great Jesuit saint with holy desires.
#Repost @bcstm. I remember when Fr. Dan Harrington, S.J. called me on an October morning to tell me that it was time to move him to our nursing facility in Weston. He had fallen out of bed that morning, and knew he needed more care. We moved him to our nursing home, but that did not keep him from doing what he loved most, teaching. Through the help of a student, he continued teaching vis a vis Skype and finished his semester course. In reflecting on his life, Dan said the following: 'There is an old saying that if you love what you are doing, you will never work a day in your life. This certainly applies to me. For forty years I have been able to write about, research, and preach on what is aptly called the word of God, and it has all been joy.' Dan’s care until the end of his life embodies the spirit of the School of Theology and Ministry. Fr. James Gartland, S.J., Rector of Faber Jesuit Community #HumansofSTM
Repost @sj_vinny. A whirlwind of a week from ordinations and a first Mass to catching up with old friends and feeling their support to seeing my former students' graduation and feeling incredibly proud of their hard work and success. Happy to start soaking it all in and realize that this time next year (God willing!) I can be a priest for them all. #AMDG #Godisgoodallthetime #BeAJesuit
#Repost @bccampusmin. I come from a country that has had a tragic history and genocide. So, in some sense, I really wanted to be a minister, a competent minister. A modest, a wounded healer, or a bridge between divided communities. I felt belonging to God and to all people without having an exclusive relationship to one person would be... I felt that was a calling for me. So, I quit other jobs and even medical studies and joined the Jesuits. - Marcel Uwineza, S.J. #JesuitsofBC