Praying With The Preferences - Part IV: Our Relationship with God
August 8, 2019 — This last article in the Prayer with Preferences series returns to the ultimate foundation of the whole process of Universal Apostolic Preferences, and thus to the basis of the whole discernment process that will guide their appropriation in the Jesuit apostolates and communities across Canada.
The capsule (PDF enclosed here) emphasizes the fundamental importance of our relationship with God, be it through Scripture excerpts, the Constitutions or Pope Francis’ letter of support for the Preferences.
The first preference is capital because it presupposes as a basic condition the Jesuits' relationship with the Lord in a personal and communal life of prayer and discernment. I recommend to you that, in your service as Superior General, you insist on this. Without this prayerful attitude the other preferences will not bear fruit.
According to Philip Endean, SJ, the Universal Apostolic Preferences, born of a common discernment, should inspire us every day. They should bring about a personal, communal and institutional change. With the Praying with the Preferences capsules and other tools that we have provided, we hope we have been able to help Jesuit apostolates and communities master the UAPs to more fully grasp the path of renewal which they offer.
September 11, 2019 — Over the past year, Fridays for Future, a global student movement started by Swedish student Greta Thunberg, has grown to include hundreds of thousands of students around the globe. Now, the movement is inviting others to join with them.
September 12, 2019 — The Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, is currently planning the renewal of its formation process. Young Jesuits in the new province will be formed in such a way that the different learning components will be even more integrated.
September 5, 2019 — The Province of the Jesuits of Canada just celebrated its first year. Three people graciously agreed to share their experience of this new province: Father Earl Smith, SJ, scholastic Marc-André Veselovsky, SJ, and Norbert Piché. The three testimonies echo each other.
September 1, 2019 — Last month, Fr. Michael Czerny, recently named cardinal, published a text on the upcoming Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region. "We cannot separate the social and the natural, we must not separate the environmental from the pastoral," writes Fr. Czerny.
Father Doug McCarthy died suddenly on the afternoon of August 24 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Toronto. He was in his 75th year and in religious life for 57 years. He was respected and loved by the Indigenous people, that they gave him an Indian name – Minowadjmod, “the carrier of the message, always a good message”.