November 2017 E-Newsletter
Letter from the Executive Director
LIS Seeks New Executive Director
Jesuits West Pilgrimage
November's Autumn, by Raymond Uribe
Jesuits in the World
Praying with Pope Francis
Table of Contents
Letter from the Executive Director
Dear Friends of Loyola Institute:
Whenever autumn rolls around Shakespeare’s sonnet echoes through my being:
That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves or none or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold
Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. (Sonnet 73)
Even at a young age as he experienced diminishment Shakespeare had a melancholic view. His melancholy escapes me in this balmy weather of Orange County, but the sentiments of change and renewal, autumn giving way to spring, and another season for planting tulips as a sign of hope – all invigorate me towards the days ahead.
Recently, a life-time friend, age 89, asked me to recommend a couple of books on the spirituality of dying. Two of them immediately came to mind: one by my colleague Kathleen Fischer, Winter Grace: Spirituality and Aging, in which she reveals that aging is a process rich with joy and blessing, not something to dread. In Winter Grace, she moves her readers into the heart of the Christian paradox of death and resurrection.
The other is by the well-known Franciscan Richard Rohr: Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, in which he too unfolds the spiritual treasures of aging.
The developmental psychologist Erik Erikson claimed that in your seventh decade you live in the tension between hope and despair. If you have lived life to the full, been productive and generative, loved often—then one enters these years with hope. If not, despair or at least a dark, melancholic spirit hovers o’er the years.
It’s also a time for a life review. Many friends of mine have written their memoirs—not so much for publication, or even for themselves, but as a legacy gift for their family and grandchildren. When my mother was 72, she made a tape recording of her memories of each of her nine children and then sent the recorded remembrances to each of us as a birthday gift. A remarkable and treasured gift!
So enjoy the seasons of your life. Whatever they bring.
Fr. Patrick Howell, S.J.
Executive Director, ad interim
Taller de Adviento
Domingo 3 de diciembre de 2017
9:00 a.m. a 3:30 p.m.
St. Andrew's Abbey, 31001 N Valyermo Rd, Valyermo, CA 93563.
Presentado por Carlos Obando.
Donación: $40 incluye café y té en la mañana y el almuerzo.
"Advieno significa venida." Es el tiempo en que los cristianos nos preparamos para la vendida del Senor. Se dice que el Antiguo Testamento fue el gran tiempo de espera y despues de esa espera de mucho siglos, Cristo se manifesto en toda su gloria dandonos la oportunidad de una nueva vida en el Espiritu. En nuestro caso, no tenemos que esperar siglos para su venida. Los que han ansiado la venida del Senior siempre han estado listos para el encuentro con el Amado. Durante este taller y a traves vez de una reflexion teologica tendras la oportunidad de un encuento con Jesus donde El pueda renovar y restaurar tu vida.
SP1-03: History of Christian Spirituality
This course explores the nature, origin, and historical development of Christian spirituality, while examining in greater depth some of the most significant Christian spiritualities. Participants will have the opportunity to gain greater understanding of the past, present, and future development of their own spiritualities.
Dates: Thursdays, January 4 - February 8, 2018
Time: 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Instructor: Br. Charles Jackson, S.J.
This is the third of five courses in the ISFP Program, but may be taken separately. Click here for more information.
Save the Date
May 6, 2018
JESUITS WEST PILGRIMAGE TO PORTUGAL:
You are invited to join us on our once-in-a-lifetime Spiritual Journey to Portugal, 11 days, May 21-31, 2018. Includes Fatima, Santarém, Braga, Coimbra, Porto, Nazaré, Obidos, Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais & more! Daily Mass, 3 excellent hotels, most meals and informative guides. Only $3,299 from Seattle (SEA) or San Francisco (SFO), plus government taxes/airline surcharges and tips. Under the Spiritual Direction of Frs. Sam Bellino, S.J. & John Mossi, S.J. To download the free color brochure and registration form, visit www.jesuitswest.org/Portugal2018. Space is limited.
Jesuits in the World
A Jesuit is a universal man
Father General Arturo Sosa has reminded the members of the Society of Jesus that to be a Jesuit is to be a universal man. Speaking to the Jesuit Major Superiors of Europe gathered at Ludwigshafen near Mannheim in Germany, from October 14th-19th, for the annual General Assembly of the Jesuit Conference of Europe, Fr. Sosa emphasised that the Jesuit journey involves spiritual life, intellectual depth, and walking with others, and always focused on Christ. He noted that the challenges facing the Society today include paying attention to the importance of the intellectual apostolate as a tool for reconciliation; the unity of life and mission as a call for renewal in a personal, communitarian and institutional conversion; and the integration of migrants as a special evolving challenge.
It gives our constituency a sense of the universal Jesuit mission.
November begins with the liturgical celebrations of All Saints and the Commemoration of All the Faithful. We remember the call of the Body of Christ to holiness, our place within the friendship of God, and our family and friends who have gone before us. These days of prayer also set the stage for the end of the liturgical year which offers believers reminders of Christ’s second coming, the end times, and judgment before God.
Just a few weeks ago Southern California experienced the last remnants of summer heat. The warm summer days are becoming a distant memory ushered away by the chill in the air and longer darker nights. Creation, this time of the year, is a living meditation on death, a polaroid of the nearing end of life: leaves that were once bright and green have shed their color for brownish-gray hues and fall from branches to create puddles of dead leaves at the bottom of trees. November’s autumn casts its shadow over our hemisphere and nature begins to slumber while barren trees reach their limbs to scratch the cool darkening skies. Twinkling lights, warm pumpkin-spiced or peppermint lattes, and holiday cheer bring solace on cold dark days.
Many of us are uncomfortable thinking about the end of life. We look for ways to keep death and reminders of it at bay. Advances in medicine are helping us live longer than the people of just a couple generations ago. The multi-billion-dollar beauty industry pushes concoctions and regimens to keep us looking youthful longer – lest we succumb to the effects of November in our lives.
Regardless of age or health, as spiritually oriented people, we are each invited to take a cue from nature and contemplate the oneness of life and death. Consider that Jesus on the cross was terrified of death, but he also had a profound trust that God was Love! Jesus, in his dying, entered a new relationship with the entire universe. God transformed the sting of death into the promise of infinite communion with the divine presence that permeates the whole universe. “What eye has not seen, and ear not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him!” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
The famous dancer, Isadora Duncan, met her untimely death on an autumn evening in 1927 in Nice, France. Duncan stepped into a brand-new Amilcar wearing a long, flowing, red-silk scarf around her neck. She flung it back as she waved to her crowd of friends saying, “Adieu, me amis! Je vais a’ la gloire!” As the car departed with a great roar, the hand-painted scarf became entangled in the open-spoked wheel and axle, tightening around and snapping Isadora’s neck, killing her instantly. Unknowingly, her farewell to her friends was prophetic: “Goodbye, my friends. I go to glory!”
In contemplating death, our faith offers us reassurance that when our hour comes, we too "go to glory".
I leave you with words from Teilhard de Chardin’s The Divine Milieu:
When the signs of age begin to mark my body
(and still more when they touch my mind);
when the ill that is to diminish me or carry me off
strikes from without or is born within me;
when the painful moment comes in which I
suddenly awaken to the fact that I am ill or growing old;
and above all at that last moment
when I feel I am losing hold of myself
and am absolutely passive within the hands
of the great unknown forces that have formed me;
in all those dark moments, O God, grant that I
may understand that it is you
who are painfully parting the fibers of my being
in order to penetrate the very marrow of my substance
and bear me away within yourself!
Praying with Pope Francis
Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for November 2017
Christians in Asia: That Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.