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Wisdom Story – 285

A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor’s visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a big chair near the fireplace and waited. The pastor made himself comfortable but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the play of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone. Then he sat back in his chair, still silent. The host watched all this in quiet fascination. As the one lone ember’s flame diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and “dead as a doornail.” Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. Just before the pastor was ready to leave, he picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it. As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said, “Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I shall be back in church next Sunday.” Source.    

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Companions of Jesus The Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) is a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church with members spread throughout the world. There are presently in Taiwan 200 Jesuits coming from 25 countries. Jesuits are continuing the mission of Jesus Christ to preach, teach, heal, and reconcile. We ponder and interpret what God is saying in our hearts and we hope that finding God in all things we may with all our strength proclaim His glory. We are ready to follow God under even the most difficult circumstances, to enter into and engage in dialogue with those of other faiths, cultures and value systems, and to stand in the front lines in the pursuit of justice and peace, bringing the message of the gospel that all men are yearning for deep in their hearts. For more information about us please feel free to click here.

Increasing collaboration on disaster risk reduction and management

The Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP) is developing a protocol that outlines steps for Jesuits in responding to disasters in this part of the world. Responses to catastrophic events are collaborative in nature, joining local efforts and guiding important international support. This is an ongoing process with other organisations and there is much learning from the experiences of Jesuits on the ground. The effort is also to find ways to collaborate across different phases in disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) that demand a wider range of coordination beyond disaster. While people in many Jesuit institutions are doing great work in DRRM, having a protocol taps and develops the great potential for magis as more people are reached, networks are broadened, impact multiplied, and response is deepened. A protocol for coordination amongst people provides a system for decision-making and action that outlines procedures and actions to be followed in a particular situation. The JCAP protocol is a work in progress to guide Jesuit collaborative action and is presently part of a review in the Philippine Province. Hopefully, the protocol can be used and improved by other Provinces in their areas of concern given the appropriateness of context and emerging networks. It is presently focused on floods and landslides but will be easily adapted to facilitate collaboration in the case of earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, volcanic eruptions, and droughts. While the disaster management cycle is generally described as having four phases (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery), there is an increasing realisation……

【R.I.P.】Bro. Gérard Aubin went peacefully to the Lord

Dear Brothers in Christ, Bro. Gérard Aubin went peacefully to the Lord on December 25, 2015 at the Cardinal Tien Hospital, Taipei, at 1:42 p.m. Bro. Aubin was born in Upton, Québec, Canada, on May 11, 1921. He entered the Society in Montréal, Canada, on Apr. 15, 1941, and made the last vows on Aug. 15, 1951 in Québec. All priests of the Chinese Province will celebrate one Mass first intention for Bro. Aubin’s eternal rest. Those who are not priests will offer one Mass and Communion and recite one “corona”. The members of St. Robert Bellarmine community will offer two Masses, etc. Yours in Our Lord, Luciano Morra, S.J.SociusDecember 25, 2015AUBIN Thibault, Gérard, S.J., Bro. (歐 斌)Year/M/Day1921-05-11 Born in Upton, Québec, Canada 生於加拿大魁北克UptonParents: Hervé Aubin and Emilia ThibaultBrothers and sisters: Theresa, Gérard, Lawrence, Dollard1921-05-21 Baptized at St. Ephrem in Upton1928-1932 Elementary education in Upton1932-1939 Helping his father in their farm1939-1940 Secondary education in St. Hyacinthe Minor Seminary He left because of his difficulty in learning Latin and because of headaches 1940-1941 Postulant Brother in the Society of Jesus (1940/10/15 – 1941/04/14)1941-04-15 Entered the Society of Jesus as Novice in Montréal, Canada 於加拿大蒙特羅進入耶穌會1943-04-16 First Vows in Montréal1943-1952 In different houses, humble service1951-08-15 Final Vows in Québec. FF 在加拿大魁北克矢發末願1952-1953 Studied Mandarin at Chabanel Hall, Manila, Philippines (Oct-07- ) 在菲律賓馬尼拉加伯內讀中文1953-1979 Taipei, Taiwan, at Holy Family, as sacristan, in charge of health care…(Nov 08-) 在台北聖家堂管理輔祭團與管理團體健康1966-1966 Sabbatical Year in Canada1979-1981 Huakuang, Kuanhsi, Hsinchuhsien, as ass. minister, prefect of kitchen,… 在新竹縣關西華光擔任理家1981-1983 Taichung Infirmary, as assistant……

【R.I.P.】Fr. Norman Walling went peacefully to the Lord

Dear Brothers in Christ, Fr. Étienne Wang Kui went peacefully to the Lord on November 18, 2015 at the Cardinal Tien Hospital, Taipei, at 10:58 p.m. Fr. Wang was born in Xuanhua county, Chahar (now Hebei) province, on Jan. 5, 1925. He was ordained to the priesthood in Rome on Dec. 21, 1951, entered the Society in Aix-en-Provence, France, on Oct. 16, 1961, and professed the last vows on Feb. 2, 1976 on Manila. All priests of the Chinese Province will celebrate one Mass first intention for Fr. Wang’s eternal rest. Those who are not priests will offer one Mass and Communion and recite one “corona”. The members of St. Robert Bellarmine community will offer two Masses, etc. Yours in Our Lord, Luciano Morra, S.J. Socius November 18, 2015

Jesuit Father David Hollenbach Named to Maguire Chair at Library of Congress

Show caption “Who are the Jesuits?” graphic courtesy of Jesuit Conference (RNS) Figuring out why Pope Francis has upended so many expectations and what he might be contemplating for the future of the Catholic Church has become a parlor game almost as popular as the pontiff himself. A single key can unlock these questions: Francis’ long-standing identity as a Jesuit priest. It’s an all-encompassing personal and professional definition that the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio brought with him from Buenos Aires, and one that continues to shape almost everything he does as pope — even though he is the first pontiff to take his name from the 13th century Italian monk from Assisi who was famous for living with the poor and preaching to the animals. Show caption Religion News Service graphic by T.J. Thomson “He may act like a Franciscan but he thinks like a Jesuit,” quipped the Rev. Thomas Reese, a fellow Jesuit who is a columnist for National Catholic Reporter. In fact, it would be easy to mistake this new pope for a new St. Francis of Assisi, given his emphasis on helping society’s outcasts and his focus on the Christian moral duty to protect the environment. Yet he’s also the first pope from the Society of Jesus, the religious community whose worldly-wise intellectuals are as famous as its missionaries and martyrs. Indeed, behind that label lies a centuries-old brand of spiritual formation that includes a passion for social justice, a missionary zeal, a focus on engaging the wider world and……

【R.I.P.】Fr. Norman Walling went peacefully to the Lord

Dear Brothers in Christ, Fr. Norman Walling went peacefully to the Lord on August 28, 2015 at the Cardinal Tien Hospital, Taipei, at 1:58 a.m. Fr. Walling was born in Beresford, California, U.S.A., on Mar. 26, 1929. He entered the Society in Los Gatos, California, on Aug. 14, 1947, was ordained to the priesthood on Mar. 19, 1961 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Hsinchu, and professed the last vows on Aug. 15, 1964 at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Hsinchu. All priests of the Chinese Province will celebrate one Mass first intention for Fr. Walling’ eternal rest. Those who are not priests will offer one Mass and Communion and recite one “corona”. The members of Changhua community will offer two Masses, etc. Yours in Our Lord, Luciano Morra, S.J.SociusAugust 28, 2015   萬立民 神父 年表 Fr. Norman Walling, S.J. 1929-03-26 Born in Beresford, California, USA 生於美國加州Beresford Parents: Robert A. Walling and Amy Anna Vestney Brothers and sisters: Robert H., Richard F., Agnes A. 1937-05-06 Baptized at St. Joseph’s Church, San Jose, CA 1935-1943 Elementary education at St. Joseph’s Grammar School, San Jose, CA 1943-1947 Secondary education at Loyola High School, Los Angeles, CA 1947-08-14 Entered the Society of Jesus in Los Gatos, CA 1949-08-15 First Vows in Los Gatos, CA 1949-1951 Juniorate in Los Gatos, CA 1951-1954 Studied Chinese Mandarin at Chabanel Hall, Manila, Philippines (Sep 25- ) 1954-1957 Studied Philosophy at Chabanel, Manila, Philippines 1957-04-16 Lector at Chabanel Hall, Manila, by Msgr. Rufino Santos 1957-04-17 Acolyte……

Statement on Laudato si’

We, the major superiors of the Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific, sincerely and enthusiastically welcome Pope Francis’ new encyclical Laudato si, (On the Care of Our Common Home). He draws attention to the urgent need for reconciliation with creation, already one of our apostolic priorities in Asia Pacific. We urge all the members of our Conference, our colleagues, and all those we seek to serve to make a thoughtful and generous response to the Holy Father’s plea. Our many Jesuit works have the potential for far-reaching impact. Yet we know, too, that the first step necessary will be a personal conversion for each of us. It is crucial that we address ecological issues more explicitly in Jesuit formation and also make these a matter for our ongoing formation. For both our personal prayer and our public preaching, we suggest three specific themes raised by the Holy Father: deepening our gratitude to God for the many gifts of creation (praise); appreciating the interconnectedness of all things (integral ecology); and becoming healers of a wounded world (practical steps).Pope Francis reminds us that “little daily actions” can transform the world. We ask each of our Jesuit communities to embark soon on a process of discernment toward making concrete changes in our lifestyle. As we do this, we might keep in mind three particular priorities: a secure water supply for all; planting in order to cool down the earth’s atmosphere; and the recycling of resources and rubbish to counter the effects of a “throwaway culture”.……

Wisdom Story – 250

Every day after school, the son of a well-known rabbi would enter his house, place his backpack on the dining room table, leave the house through the back door, and head into the woods behind the house. At first, the rabbi gave little thought to his son’s ritual. But it continued for days, and then for weeks. Every day, out into the woods for almost a half an hour. Then the rabbi grew concerned. “My son,” he said one day. “I notice that every day you leave our home and spend time in the woods. What is it that you are doing there?” “Oh, Papa,” the son replied. “There is no need to worry. I go into the woods to pray. It is in the woods that I can talk to God.” “Oh,” the rabbi said, clearly relieved, “But as the son of a rabbi, you should know that God is the same everywhere.” “Yes, Papa. I know that God is the same everywhere. But I am not.” Source.   Read more