Category Archives: Mission and Identity

Dec 15 – “These things must be seen and must be told” — Pope Francis to 31 Jesuits in Myanmar

Friday, December 15 Pope Francis has adopted the practice of visiting with Jesuits who live and work in each country to which he makes a formal visit.  Last November 29 he met with  31 Jesuits in Myanmar and, on December … Continue reading

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Dec 13 — two starlings improbably dancing

Wednesday December 13 “that’s what got me to face into the wind’s teeth” I woke this morning with a taste of joy on my tongue;   that turned me toward William  Carlos Williams bringing two starlings into my imagination, alive … Continue reading

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Dec 11 “The Writer” Richard Wilbur

Monday, December 11, 2017 On the McNichols Campus, final exams set the tone of things this week.   For more than 1000  years, universities gear up for this time when students bring their A-game and their faculties do as well. … Continue reading

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Dec 6 – David Whyte — “Enough”

Wednesday,  December 6 “Enough” reminds me of Judith Hill’s “Waging Peace” (posted Dec 2). Habits of beauty and of stillness assume that more than I expect is waiting for me; and waits anywhere.  Last full work week of 2013;  I … Continue reading

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Dec 4 — Bill Pauly, sj and Mary Oliver — “Wage Peace”

Monday, December 4 — Advent’s 1st week These first days of Advent  — 4 weeks that dare us to imagine hope without denying violence, loss, and fear.  Year by year, they stir my blood and fill me with wonder —  work day … Continue reading

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Dec 1 — two poets — one Muslim, one Chaldean

Friday, First Day in December Harsh news these past days brought to mind how much of my city I share with a large Muslim community and a large Chaldean community.  I’ve posted poems from both of these places in my … Continue reading

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Nov 29 “to keep his date with love” W. H. Auden

Wednesday, November 29 —  close the semester’s  finish line. What do we want to tell students as they bring this semester in for a landing with final papers and exams?  — These fifteen weeks  demanded work, and patience, mistakes and starting … Continue reading

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Nov 27 G M Hopkin sj ‘the caged skylark”

Monday, November 27   —  “Man’s mounting spirit in his bone-house, mean house, dwells” Back to work after a lovely 4 day weekend, a weekend that can open the imagination to beauty and stillness and rest.   Turning back into … Continue reading

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Nov 22 Rumi — “When I die”

Wednesday, November 22   Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi  —  “When I die” Wednesday before Thanksgiving,  work, for many of us, begins to shift from professional skills to hospitality arts – calculating the weight of a large turkey in terms of cooking … Continue reading

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Nov 20 — Jamaal May “Shift”

Monday, November 20   “I don’t know if it’s better to be good at a bad job or bad at a good job” What’s sweet about Thanksgiving, at least one of the sweet things, is a 3 day work week followed … Continue reading

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