Author: 爵醒

Promoting a holistic dialogue between Jesuits and Buddhists

Jesuits from different parts of the world gathered in Cambodia recently to dialogue with Buddhist monks, engaging them on three levels – academic, spiritual and practical. This holistic approach to inter-religious dialogue is one that has prevailed in the regular Christian-Buddhist Workshop of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific for many years. It also provides an opportunity for “networking, friendship and fellowship among Jesuits engaged in Buddhist studies and dialogue,” as first time participant Fr Jaroslav Duraj, a Polish Jesuit based in Macau, discovered. This year’s workshop, held from August 8 to 12 in Siem Reap, saw 16 Jesuits come from Korea, Philippines, United States, Japan, India, China, Thailand, Nepal and Myanmar. They were joined by four Cambodian Buddhist monks, a former Jesuit and Buddhist activist, a former Buddhist monk and a Maryknoll priest. Meditation and chanting with Buddhist monks at Wat Svayromeath Fr Jerry Cusumano SJ from Sophia University in Japan presented on Zen and Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola, showing how Zen and the Spiritual Exercises complement rather than contradict each other. Fr Bernard Senecal SJ from Sogang University, South Korea spoke about “Christ as the Awakened One”, describing Buddhism and Christianity as religions of awakening. He pointed to Christ’s mystical experiences, times of prayer and docility to the Holy Spirit as evidence of his enlightenment. Fr Thierry Meynard SJ from Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China presented on “Beyond Religious Exclusivism: The Jesuit Attacks against Buddhism and Xu Dashou’s Refutation of 1623”, examining the dynamics of……

A path to magis for young people

In 2014, the major superiors of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific decided that the youth had to be a priority for the Jesuit Conference. They saw a clear need to accompany young people in the way of St Ignatius, which is marked by cura personalis (personal care), discernment and magis (more).

Ways to Donate

The work of the Jesuits in the service of faith and the promotion of justice is made possible by he generous support of friends and benefactors who believe in the value of what we do, whether it is running schools and parishes; advocating for disaster risk planning; or accompanying, serving and advocating for the rights of the poor and of migrants. Fr.Rabago works in the Chinese province of Jesuit to implement many projects for half century. His story is the best evidence to live for love. YES! I want to donate for supporting Fr.Rabago To learn more about how you can get involved, please contact the following Jesuit Development Office staff for assistance: Tracy Lee, chndevelopmentoffice@gmail.com +886 2 2321-2442 ext.500

Remembering Fr Jerry Martinson SJ

Fr George Gerald “Jerry” Martinson SJ died on May 31 in Taiwan, 50 years after he first arrived in 1967 from the California Jesuit Province. At the age of 25, he was sent to Taiwan and began working at the Jesuit-run Kuangchi Program Service (KPS). He became a renowned television producer and host, known to many in Taiwan and China as Uncle Jerry, his screen name in an English teaching television programme he hosted.

Ignatius of Loyola

St. Ignatius came from a family of minor nobility in Spain’s northern Basque region. One thing to know about Ignatius is that he was far from saintly during much of his young adult life. He was vain, with dreams of personal honor and fame. He gambled and was not above sword fighting. As some have noted, he might have been the only saint with a notarized police record: for taking part in a nighttime brawl.

Ignatian Spirituality

Finding God in All Things Throughout much of the world, the Jesuits are best known for their colleges, universities, and high schools. But in a time when many are searching for greater meaning, another aspect of Jesuit life is attracting wide interest. And that is the unique spirituality introduced nearly 500 years ago by St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. Ignatius was a Spanish soldier and aristocrat who discerned his calling after suffering nearly fatal wounds on the battlefield. He established the Society of Jesus in 1540, instructing the early Jesuits — to go out and “find God in all things.” That is the signature spirituality of the Jesuits. Ignatian spirituality is grounded in the conviction that God is active in our world. As the great Jesuit paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wrote: “God is not remote from us. He is at the point of my pen, my pick, my paintbrush, my needle — and my heart and my thoughts.” The spiritual path laid out by Ignatius is a way of discerning God’s presence in our everyday lives. And doing something about it. The Jesuits have a handbook for this search. It is The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, composed by the saint before he was even a priest. Often described as Ignatius’s greatest gift to the world, these exercises unfold a dynamic process of prayer, meditation, and self-awareness. The basic thrust is to make us more attentive to God’s activity in our world, more responsive to what……

Youth Ministry

Whether it is at home, in the community or in the Church, care and concern of youth is a number one priority, and the Society of Jesus is no exception. From the very beginning, the ministry for youth has been a prime apostolate. The Constitution of the Society (No. 538) pledges the Society to undertake “the education of children and adults” as a “sacred task.” For this reason the earliest members of the Society established throughout the world educational institutions at both high school and college levels, in order to provide and nurture their students intellectually, culturally and spiritually so they could lead meaningful, significant lives. In this same spirit, the Commission for Youth Ministry of the Jesuits of the China Province seeks to escort the young as they face the challenges of an ever changing world on their journey toward the Presence of God, not just to enrich their own lives, but to reach out to better the lives of others. The Commission for Youth Ministry On August 25, 1997 98 Jesuits together with over 10 collaborators and observers came together at the Manresa Center of Spirituality at Jing Shan, Changhwa City for a three day meeting entitled “A Vision to Share.” At this time the Fr. Provincial Beda Liu Jia-zheng appointed Fr. Howard Lui Jing-qi, Fr. Ignatius Hung Wan-liu, Fr. Olivier Lardinois (Ding Li-wei) and Scholastic John Li Hua to form the Youth Ministry Commission. Though they were from far different backgrounds, they blended together for a common……

The Jesuits

In one way or another, we have all felt moved by Christ’s call: Come! Follow me! Inspired by the example of Ignatius, we want to be companions of Jesus, sharing his work of love in our world. Jesuits ordinarily live together in communities, some small and others large, depending on the kinds of ministries in which they are engaged. Sometimes a Jesuit will live alone because his work or study places him at a distance from a local community, but he remains attached to a larger community. Jesuits share all things in common, owning nothing in their own name. Jesuits derive strength for their ministries from their relationship with Jesus in prayer, as well as from the mutual support, understanding and encouragement they receive from their brother Jesuits.

The Founder –St. Ignatius

Ignatius was born Inigo Lopez de Loyola in 1491, the youngest son of a Spanish nobleman in the Basque area of northern Spain. “Up to the age of twenty-six, he was”, as he says in his Autobiography, “a man given to the follies of the world: and what he enjoyed most was warlike sport, with a great and foolish desire to win fame.” His ambition to pursue the glorious career of a soldier and knight at court was cut short in a battle at Pamplona. Refusal to surrender in a losing cause against French invaders resulted in one of his legs being shattered by a cannonball. The French soldiers were so impressed with his bravery they had him carried back to his home in Loyola. “As he was much given to reading worldly books of fiction … when he felt better he asked to be given some of them to pass the time. But in that house none of those that he usually read could be found, so they gave him a Life of Christ and a book of the lives of the saints…” (Autobiography). In this way God kindled in him an entirely new and different ambition, namely to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and dedicate his whole life to following completely in the footsteps of Jesus. As soon as he had recovered enough strength Ignatius left home intending to spend his life in prayer and penance. In a symbolic gesture at a shrine of the Blessed Mother in……

Origin of Jesuits

The first step in the creation of the Society of Jesus was taken in 1534 when Ignatius Loyola and seven companions in the church of Montmarte in Paris promised that when their studies were finished they would continue their association, live lives of evangelical poverty and go on mission to Jerusalem. They called themselves “friends in the Lord”. The founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius Loyola, was born in Spain in 1491 in the northern Basque Region. The son of a nobleman, he grew up with the dream of becoming a courageous soldier and courtier in the service of the king. However in 1521 at the age of 30 his right leg was shattered in battle by a cannon ball and he had to be carried home for a long period of convalescence. During that time he had nothing to read but some religious books about the life of Christ and the saints. Under the influence of these books in isolation from the world, Ignatius began to pray and fast, do penance and good works and resolved to offer his life to Christ. The first seeds of the Society of Jesus had been planted. Whenever we reflect on the life of a great man, we can ask ourselves “in the final analysis, did the times make the man or did the man make the times?” In the case of Ignatius both statements are true. Ignatius was born right at the end of the eight hundred year long Middle Ages. Europe……