Even when he paints people in some sort of relationship – at a table, in a lounge or on a bed – there is always a sense of aloneness, space both defining and placing them while emphasising their singularity. His paintings all have the quality of a still-life. In their urban or domestic space, caught in a moment when they are not conscious of us, his people, which could easily be static objects, manage to engage us.
The silences in our lives and relationships are often significant. There are those silences which are filled with security and peace. Even in the midst of a frenetic world or schedule, we can still carry an inner silence – a sort of interior poise.
Why do people still practice ‘popular religion’ when they no longer have strong ties to the institution? Is popular religion a response to secularisation or has it become a cultural event? Dani Questa, a Spanish jesuit, has written on the revival of popular religion in Spain, here is his reflection on its importance.
Pray with the slides: Pray with the text: Eternal Lord of all things, you chose Ignatius to gather companions into your service and to be called by your name. You opened their hearts to the power of your Holy Spirit so that they could serve…
The following reflection was given by Fr. Etienne Grieu SJ at a meeting of the French Province of the Society of Jesus. Fr. Grieu is the rector of Centre Sévres, Paris. Reflecting on 2020 as the year in which we all experienced the pandemic, what…
In difficult times, especially times of the pandemic, how do we find a balance between “carelessness and craziness”? Fr. Sharkey explores the three Buddhist principles of truth (seeing things as they truly are), mindfulness, compassion, and acceptance.
I: In Gratitude. Lord, you know needs of your Society.You know our weaknesses,yet you continue to fill our hearts with a desire greater than our capacities. Each day you teach us the power of your grace,The life of your Spirit at work in us.For only in you,and…
In the second part of his interview with Jan Regner SJ about Fratelli tutti, James Hanvey SJ reflects on the rise of populism. In many countries today, populism is growing, and the truth is being misused to the benefit of politicians. How can we reflect on this from the perspective of Pope Francis’ new letter?
James Hanvey SJ, the Society of Jesus’s Secretary for the Service of the Faith, recently spoke at length about Pope Francis’ latest encyclical to Jan Regner SJ, Editor of the Czech Jesuit review, Jezuité.
“Discernment” is a buzzword in the Church at the moment. It is also entering the language of business organisations. What is it? Just a ‘soft word’ for taking decisions, or a word for complicating them? Here, Tom Shufflebottham SJ, helps to disentangle it for us….