Jim Schulz, SJ
Jim Schulz, SJ

Commitment

Born February 14, 1945
Entered July 30, 1964

Resides Cicero, IL

There are so many rich, wonderful words, and profound expressions that might very well express and encapsulate my life’s experience and journey (too many, really, to even attempt to enumerate in this brief reflection). But the single word that my mind continues to revolve around, and that I keep coming back to, is that of commitment. I believe this word expresses well what I learned first – obviously – in the Novitiate: that a Jesuit is striving as one who lives “contemplation in action.”

      

We might in honesty and humility say that the really operative word in this bold endeavor is that of “striving.” The journey has its ultimate goal, of course, but its calling to strive is life-long. And that is why commitment is so important. Tomyself, commitment means continuing to strive and move forward, when the course of the journey – at certain moments – brings us to some pretty serious business. In those moments, discernment and a renewed sense of commitment may be the order of the day. “Taking stock” at certain moments of our lives may, in fact, be inescapable, even forced upon us.

Commitment bonds me to others, and enjoins me to reflect upon how important we all are to each other. A perhaps overly-used expression today is that saying: “We are all in this together.” A bit hackneyed? Perhaps. But I still believe there is some deep truth in it. Was Jesus deeply bounded and bonded to the Apostles? Was St. Ignatius to the First Companions? Absolutely.

Commitment strengthens and enhances maturity in every understanding: human, spiritual, emotional, psychological, social, emotional. Commitment also strengthens fidelity. And so, together with so many personal attributes, commitment also is very Ignatian.




CELEBRATING 75 YEARS IN THE SOCIETY
John Kleinhenz, SJ

CELEBRATING 70 YEARS IN THE SOCIETY
R. Gerard Albright, SJ John Bernbrock, SJ Matthew Creighton, SJ
James O’Reilly, SJ   Ralph Talkin, SJ

CELEBRATING 60 YEARS IN THE SOCIETY
William Bichl, SJ Leo Cachat, SJ Francis Canfield, SJ
M. Joseph Casey, SJ Anthony Dagelen, SJ Frederick Deters, SJ
Norman Dickson, SJ John Foley, SJ William Gerut, SJ
Justin Kelly, SJ George Lane, SJ Patrick Murphy, SJ
Richard Murphy, SJ Theodore Ross, SJ John Saliba, SJ
Charles Stang, SJ George Traub, SJ Richard Twohig, SJ
James Von Tobel, SJ James Warosh, SJ Robert Welsh, SJ

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS IN THE SOCIETY
Patrick Fairbanks, SJ Benjamin Jimenez, SJ Tuan Le, SJ
John Moriconi, SJ Renzo Rosales, SJ Charles Sim Teck Kim, SJ
  Neal Wilkinson, SJ  

CELEBRATING 60 YEARS IN THE PRIESTHOOD
Vincent Hagarman, SJ William Kelly, SJ Edward Sthokal, SJ
  Earl Weis, SJ  

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS IN THE PRIESTHOOD
Robert Bireley, SJ J. Peter Carey, SJ Gerald Cavanagh, SJ
John Chandler, SJ John Chandler, SJ J. Leo Klein, SJ
Richard Murphy, SJ Gerald Regan, SJ John Wambach, SJ






Publications

Jesuits Spring 2019

Jesuits Fall/Winter 2018

Jesuits Summer 2018





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