July 2017 E-Newsletter
New Programs Starting Soon
Table of Contents
Letter from the Executive Director
Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days
In the distant years past of summer beach-and-cars music in the 1960s, Nat King Cole recorded Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days, a paean of joy that celebrated the freedom of life during the months of warmth and unfettered time. All these years later, we can all readily recognize the Hazy-Crazy part of the days in June, July, and August. Sadly, the Lazy part seems to have disappeared. The very word conjures up an image of failure—of initiative, imagination, or even moral virtue. We might not be tempted by the song’s homage to dozing on the sand, or teenage romance, but what has happened to our sense of ease, of releasing our capacity to relish the simple pleasures of outdoor festivities, of country excursions, of a picnic away from crowds and food in plastic containers? For Nat King Cole, Lazy implied an innate ability to savor the immediacy of sunny days, the flowering of the world, and the optimism that the season can bring to our sense of ourselves, our families, our world. Summer delight is not limited to blockbusters, or theme parks, or packaged vacations. Adventure can come in the simplest guises.
What does this have to do with our spiritual journeys? Maybe, a bit of everything. I have had the blessing this summer of a ‘road-trip’ that carried me along uncongested roads in eastern Oregon, central Idaho, Utah canyon country, and other locales. Excursions to the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, and Bryce Canyon added a rich texture of natural beauty to what was essentially a pilgrimage away from the usual buzz and whir of contemporary life. There was no set agenda—the map evolved en route as possibilities presented themselves. It was a time to be Lazy—to savor the hypnotic joy of a snow-capped mountain, a yellow-green field in the afternoon sun, or a scintillantly colorful flower weaving on the roadside in a cooling breeze. The experience made clear to me once again our universal need to savor the simple magnificence of what IS. It is not a question of miles or destinations, only a commitment to journey just far enough to recognize again that inner space—of quiet and wonder and tranquility—which helps us to reclaim a spiritual geography we often overlook or neglect.
What Lazy possibilities are inviting you/us this summer to step aside, if only for a brief interlude, from the Hazy-Crazy days that can consume our attention and our inner stillness? A tree, a cloud, a mountain, a meadow, a creek, a flock of birds, a flower, a smiling child floating on a lake, a breeze that deftly brushes our cheek, a breath of God………
With blessings for all your days of summer.
Blessings to all.
David C. Roninson, S.J.
Acting Executive Director
St. Ignatius Day
Join us to celebrate the feast of St. Ignatius on Monday, July 31, 2017.
Mass is at 11:00 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Chapel followed by
all-you-can-eat tacos in the Spirituality Building.
RSVP to Mr. Ryan Pratt at email@example.com
New Courses and Programs Starting Soon:
Finding God in All Things
The Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life (SEDL) is a nine-month retreat experience that uses guides the retreatant toward a life richer in awareness of the work of God in his or her life. The retreat invites participants to commit to daily prayer, weekly meetings with a spiritual director, and participation in monthly group gatherings with fellow retreatants.
SEDL is ideal for
Anyone who seeks to grow in awareness of the divine in his or her life.
Anyone who wishes to grow in their spiritual life.
Anyone who wants to explore Ignatian prayer methods and discernment.
We are accepting applications for 2017-2018 cohort. To register, please contact Br. Charlie Jackson, S.j. at 714-997-9587 ext. 109 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, click here.
Un programa de oración y reflexión basado en los Ejercicios Espiritualies de San Ignacio de Loyola y en el libro Desafío del Padre Mark Link, S.J.
Este programa es para personas que buscan una amistad más intima con el Señor. El programa es de diez meses y requiere un compromiso de oración y reflexión diaria y participación en las reuniones de grupo cada dos semanas.
Ofrecemos el programa de Desafío en los siguientes lugares:
Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Tercera y Grand), Santa Ana, los martes de 7-9 p.m.
Orientación: martes, 8 de agosto de 2017, 7-9 p.m.
Para más información, comunícate con Dolores Martínez al 714-836-8011
Parroquia La Purísima, Orange, los domingos de 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Orientación: domingo, 13 de agosto, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Para más información, comunícate con Carlos Obando al 714-995-9587
San Joaquín, Costa Mesa, los lunes de 7-9 p.m.
Orientación: lunes, 14 de agosto de 2017, 7-9 p.m.
Para más información, comunícate con Silvia Mondragón o Diácono Martín Ruiz al 949-574-7400.
We invite you to participage in "Challenge", a program of prayer and reflection based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and Fr. Mark Link's book of the same name.
Challenge is at:
La Purisima Catholic Church, 11712 Hewes St., Orange, CA 92869
Sundays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
First Meeting: August 20, 2017
Catholic Bible Institute
The Catholic Bible Insitute (CBI) in the Diocese of Orange resumes this fall. Students will study the Old Testament this year.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Center, Spirituality Building, 434 S. Batavia St., Orange, CA 92868
For more information or to register, please contact CBI Coordinator,
Randy Lopez at email@example.com.
Ignatian Spiritual Formation Program
Do you wish to deepen your understanding of spirituality and grow in your prayer life?
Consider participating in the Ignatian Spiritual Formation Program, a series of courses that explore spirituality and its history, prayer methods, human development and spiritual maturing, and Ignatian discerment.
Dates: Thursdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12
Time: 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Instructor: Br. Charles Jackson, S.J.
This is the first of 5 courses, but may be taken alone.
Programa de Formación Espiritual Ignaciana
¿Eres una persona que busca algo más profundo y significativo en tu experiencia de fe?
Te invitamos a participar en el Programa de Formación Espiritual Ignaciana. Las clases del primer año comienzan en Septiembre. Estámos aceptando aplicaciones ahora.
Contemplatives in Action
Have you heard about our new program for Young Adults?
Contemplatives in Action (CIA) is for young adults who wish to grow in their capacity to live within the process of finding God in all things. This new program is comprised of three main components: service, spirituality, and formation.
CIA begins on August 26, 2017.
To register, please complete the application found here.
Charles J. Jackson, S.J.
God graces us with many gifts, but too often we fail to appreciate and even ignore one of God’s greatest gifts: the gift of our own life. Several years ago, my spiritual director, probably sparked by my frequent references to experiences in my past that had been particularly significant in forming me, suggested that I write my spiritual autobiography. I may have nodded politely at her suggestion, but I quickly brushed it aside as unimportant. But her suggestion had sparked something in me, something I simply couldn’t ignore. Within the year, I sat down and began to reflect and write my spiritual autobiography.
I decided to start with the origins of my Jesuit vocation, specifically with something that happened to me on a wonderful October afternoon in 1957. I was then 15 years of age, a sophomore at St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco, and was on my way home from school. Before I began to seriously reflect on that experience, I thought I knew what had happened that afternoon. But the more deeply I delved into it the more I came to understand about it. I realized that it had been a far richer experience than I had ever imagined. But more importantly, as I get further and further into my reflection and writing, it gradually dawned on me that God had been not only present in every facet of my life, but surprisingly engaged in it as well, and I was thus able to identify numerous moments, not only of God’s action in my life, but of God’s call. God’s call, I was surprised to discover, ran through my entire life.
The reason why we are often unaware of God’s call, or even of God’s action in our lives, is that we live our lives forward, but we only understand them backward. It is only by prayerfully looking back on the events of our lives that we come to understand them and the significance of all the twists and turns, false starts and dead-ends, and surprises and disappointments that comprise our lives. Of course, this is what the examination of consciousness is all about: it is a prayerful walking with God back through our day to discover those moments in which God was particularly present and to what God was calling us. But this is what writing one’s spiritual autobiography is all about as well, although one does it on a considerably larger scale: it is a prayerful walking with God back through our entire life to discover those moments in which God was particularly present and to what God was calling us.
In one of his poems, American poet Wendell Berry gives beautiful expression to this. He envisions our lives as a traveler’s journey toward a brilliant sun, a sun which blinds us. It is only when we look back at our lives, he observes, that we understand them. Then, graced by this newfound understanding, we are able to turn back toward that brilliant sun and continue our journey. I believe that his poem offers a fitting conclusion to these reflections:
We travelers, walking to the sun,
can’t see ahead, but looking back
the very light that blinded us
shows us the way we came,
along which blessings now appear,
risen as if from sightlessness to sight,
and we, by blessing brightly lit,
keep going toward that blessed light
that yet to us is dark.