April 12, 2017 — For many people, food is very much a part of the Lenten experience — whether it’s a meatless Friday dinner, a parish fish fry, or saying goodbye to chocolate for 40 days.
For Fr. Timothy Kesicki, SJ, president of the Jesuit Conference of
Canada and the US, his mother’s Friday evening meals during Lent are among his greatest childhood
His mother cooked unique dishes from her own childhood, recipes that she brought
with her from Italy. “We grew to love those meals,” Fr. Kesicki says.
He still tries to make it to his mom’s for at least one Friday meal
during Lent. Her dinners, he says, helped him realize that giving something up
isn’t merely doing without. “It’s a change of life, it’s a change of focus, it’s
August 21, 2018 — Pope Francis has responded to new reports of clerical sexual abuse and the ecclesial cover-up of abuse. In an impassioned letter addressed to the whole People of God, he calls on the Church to be close to victims in solidarity, and to join in acts of prayer and fasting in penance for such "atrocities".
October 17, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Thomas "Tom" S. McShane, SJ, who was called to eternal life on October 16, 2018. He was eighty-nine years old, a Jesuit for seventy-one years, and a priest for fifty-eight years.
What can all happen while sharing a meal together? For Christ, it was when he gave of himself at the Last Supper; for me, it is where I realized I needed to give of myself and enter the Jesuits as well as experienced unity among diversity.