Quezon City, Philippines – With available media material on their founding father scant at best, the Jesuit Communications (JesCom) is coming up with its most “ambitious” project to date: a film on the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Seeing a renewed interest in the life of the saint and in his enduring legacy to the Church and the world – thanks to the first Jesuit Pope, Pope Francis – JesCom intends to reintroduce St. Ignatius to today’s moviegoers, especially the youth, who may draw inspiration from the touching story of how even the blackest of sinners can, through repentance, move the world “for the greater glory of God”.
“Certainly, the world, especially our youth deserves to rediscover the life of this saint and be inspired by his example. Thus, our dream of putting his story on the big screen slowly took shape,” said Jescom head, Fr. Emmanuel Alfonso, S.J.
Chris Lowney, author of the bestselling book, “Heroic Leadership,” writes that if one talks about successful global corporations, it is impossible to miss out on the Society of Jesus (S.J.) which has existed for centuries, serving the world through its network of schools, parishes and social centers. The secret of that enduring “Company”, he points out, is the spirit of its founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Pope Francis. . .met with the Italian National Council of the Order of Journalists, telling them that truth, professionalism and respect for human dignity were essential elements in their work.
Meeting with the assembled Italian journalists in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall on Thursday, Pope Francis told them that there were few professions that have “so much influence on society like that of journalism.” He noted that they are usually the ones who are there to record what he called, the "first draft of history”, “the building of the news agenda and introducing people to the interpretation of events.”
He also noted that the journalistic profession was one that was continually adapting to changes in the way people digest news through new forms of media.
In his discourse the Pope stressed three essential elements in the work of a journalist, that he said could serve to “improve the society in which we live”: To love the truth, to embody professionalism and to respect human dignity.
He said that loving the truth meant not only stating it, but living it and bearing witness to it in their work, adding, even in journalism we must be able to discern between shades of grey surrounding the events that we are called to tell.”
Rome, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) – It’s a little-known fact that near the end of her life, Mother Teresa went to China three times in order to establish her order there, but was “heartbroken” when her efforts failed because of the poor diplomatic relations between China and the Holy See.
“Mother Teresa long dreamed of serving the people of China and, after bringing her sisters around the world – including to Russia, the United States and Muslim countries – China became and remained her focus,” said Fr. John Worthley, who lived and taught in China for many years and accompanied Mother Teresa on all three of her trips.
“Indeed, Pope St. John Paul II asked her to live her final years as a bridge of love and reconciliation to China from the Universal Church,” Fr. Worthley said at a symposium on Mother Teresa held Sept. 2 in Rome.
Reconciliation between China and the Universal Church may not be far off, according to Fr. Worthley. “I am very hopeful that something will happen soon. There's been a lot of good discussion and both sides are getting close to being ready,” Fr. Worthley told CNA.
The priest admitted that there are still many obstacles to improving relations between the Holy See and China. He said there are many people who know a lot and “think it's naive to expect something soon.” Fr. Worthley is hopeful, however, that it will happen soon, “only because of Mother Teresa's sacrifices.”
Mother Teresa wanted “to be with the poor all over the world,” but especially China, he said. When she was first founding her order, the Missionaries of Charity, and she received permission to lead the sisters, she was told that “a sacrifice would be offered for the success of the Missionaries of Charity.”
A week later, the priest who had guided her through part of the process of founding the order died, and “she considered that a sacrifice,” Fr. Worthley explained. “He had talked to her about China, and maybe that was what began” her interest.
Everybody complains about work, just as everybody complains about the weather.
If our work is demanding, we gripe because it’s too hard. If it’s effortless, we whine that it’s boring.
I have a friend who calls this the Law of Conservation of Discontent. In certain areas of life, our dissatisfaction can be neither created nor destroyed. It’s just there – always looking for a place to land. It often lands in the place where we work.
So what on earth are we doing when we celebrate Labor Day? It’s not on the Church calendar, but Labor Day has been a federal holiday since 1894 – and I’ve never known anyone who refused the day off on principle. We may complain about our jobs every other day of the year, but on that first Monday of September we dutifully take the time to honor the very laboriousness of our labor. And it’s worthy of our honor.
As much as we complain about work, we don’t like to be without it.
Yet, there’s more to it than the paycheck. Our own José H. Gómez wrote a rather amazing essay some years ago, titled “All You Who Labor: Towards a Spirituality of Work for the 21st Century.” If you have the time, I recommend that you read the whole thing.
As Richard Gaillardetz, reminds us, “…Vatican II didn’t just say we’re a church of pilgrims; it said we’re a pilgrim church. The church itself is on the way. It hasn’t arrived.” This was a dramatic shift from how we described ourselves previously.
The Church used to see herself as a city on a hill which looks down on her people, but a people painfully journeying through this life of ours, described often as this “valley of tears”. Vatican II now asks us the see ourselves as a pilgrim people journeying toward God, sharing our joys and sorrows, our successes and disappointments. Therefore our journey as Church binds us together and gives us company along the way.
How many of you saw the movie, The Way, written and directed by Emilio Estevez. The movie is about an arrogant American Doctor, played by Martin Sheen, the actual father of the film’s director, who in the movie chooses to complete his dead son’s wish to make the historical pilgrimage along the “Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James)”.
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