Praying With The Preferences - Part II: The Spiritual Exercises and Walking With the Excluded

July 9, 2019 — This second part of the Praying With the Preferences series focuses on the first two Apostolic Preferences: showing the way to God through the Spiritual Exercises and discernment; as well as walking with the poor and the outcasts of this world. These tools enable us to begin to appropriate the Preferences, to develop a deeply felt knowledge before beginning an apostolic planning process.  

The third capsule (out of seven) addresses the means to lead others to God in a context of growing and more widespread secularization. “We wish to share with others the most fundamental discovery of our lives, namely how discernment and the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius show the way to God.” The PDF is available here.

 “To become faithful companions like Jesus, we need to be close to the poor.” The fourth capsule allows us to discern the ways to advocate for an approach that favours social justice and reconciliation, to promote culture of hospitality for all who have been forcibly displaced, and the promotion of a culture which protects the most vulnerable groups in our society. The PDF is available here.






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July 11, 2019 — This year, the Manresa Spiritual Center is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Many things have changed since the first laymen retreats in Toronto in 1925 and the foundation of Manresa in 1949, including the addition of retreats for women and for members of Alcoholics Anonymous.

July 9, 2019 — On July 31, we will celebrate two special masses in honor of the Feast of Saint Ignatius, founder of the Society of Jesus.

July 8, 2019 — The Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice is very pleased to welcome two new, full-time staff members: Mark Hathaway as Associate Director and Victoria Blanco as Office and Program Manager.

July 1, 2019 — The Jesuits in Honduras are denouncing the Honduran government’s repression of protests over the past two months.

June 28, 2019 — This week is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This feast, whose origins date back to the XVIIth century, gives us the opportunity to meditate on how Jesus expressed his love. It was also an occasion for the Jesuits of Canada to consecrate their Toronto offices on June 25.  

June 28, 2019 — Last week, Pope Francis reiterated the importance of inclusion in the world of education, using the Fe y Alegría model as an example. This exhortation is a recurring theme in the Pope's speeches and is in line with a call for renewal in education which dates back to 1965.

June 28, 2019 — This summer, Mer et Monde is highlighting two important events. First, its 20th anniversary, a significant milestone for an international solidarity organization. Mer et Monde also celebrates the work of Mireille Chilloux, who is retiring and leaving her position as Executive Director. In an interview, she shares plans to operate within English Canada and with indigenous communities across the country.

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