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Inaugurated by the UN Refugee Agency, the occasion was first observed in 2001, 50 years on from the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland, which defined the term and agreed on the responsibilities of nations to grant asylum to those rendered stateless by warfare, famine or natural disasters and most vulnerable to persecution.

This year’s World Refugee Day has seen the UN publish a damning new report stating that just 100,000 refugees were resettled by the international community in 2017, a year in which 2.9m new asylum seekers were created as conflicts raged in Syria, Myanmar, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan.

That total, the biggest single-year increase in the history of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), equates to 44,500 a day and brings the total number worldwide to 68.5m.

“We are at a watershed, where success in managing forced displacement globally requires a new and far more comprehensive approach so that countries and communities aren’t left dealing with this alone,” said Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

“But there is reason for some hope. Fourteen countries are already pioneering a new blueprint for responding to refugee situations and in a matter of months a new Global Compact on Refugees will be ready for adoption by the United Nations General Assembly.

“No one becomes a refugee by choice, but the rest of us can have a choice about how we help.”

The UNHCR works to provide legal protection for the stateless, raise awareness of their circumstances and develop long-term solutions to their problems with governments.

The organisation’s efforts aim to protect those fleeing conflict from sexual exploitation, abuse, violence and forced enlistment in military groups, offering education, training, medical aid and emergency shelter, often in partnership with international humanitarian organisations.

According to the 1967 amendment to Article 1 of the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, a refugee is:

“A person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.”

Rohingya refugees – in pictures

This year’s World Refugee Day also comes after the US made the divisive decision to withdraw from UN Human Rights Council, with ambassador Nikki Haley branding the organisation “not worthy of its name” and a “protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias” over its inclusion of states like China, Cuba and Venezuela among its members.

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20 Jun 2018 - 13:46

Udayani (Awakening) - A Jesuit-managed NGO, is trying hard to preserve and promote various dance forms of the Santhal tribe. These tribal dances are on the verge of extinction. Sanhtal is among the biggest ethnic tribes in India. They are found in the Indian states of Bihar, Jharkand, Odisha, West Bengal and in neighboring countries of Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan.

As per Rev. Fr. Jothi, sj, Director of Udayani, “the young generation is confused about their identity amid increasing influence of music and dance forms in the market. Since Udayani has been working among the Dalit and Tribal (Santhal) women in South Bengal, we felt the need to preserve, protect and promote the beautiful Santhal culture.We have been having Santhal dance completions in each block, where we work. The competition is organized by Santhal and non-Santhal Self Help Group (SHG) members alike,”

Basically there are eight dance forms with the music accompanying the songs with drums; Tumda and Tamak. Flute is one of the preferred musical instruments. Dong, Baha, Langde, Dahar, Karam, Dassai, Danta, and Sadpa are the different forms of Santal dances. Generally they dance in a particular place called ‘Akhra’ or ‘Jaher’ but a dance like Dahar is danced on the road.


After the competition all members are given a chance to have community dance on the open space so that everyone participates in the pride of Santals and appreciates. The competition has revived people’s interest in their tradition.

Udayani so far has organized five such competitions in June 2018 and plans to organize many more.



20 Jun 2018 - 13:31


Discerning Universal Apostolic Preferences for the next ten years and a review of key Jesuit sources were major themes of a June meeting at the Jesuit General curia. A full day was spent in a spiritual and reflective reading of the Formula of the Institute - the founding document of the Society of Jesus. Father José de Garcia de Castro, a Spanish Jesuit and an expert in Ignatian Spirituality and in the Jesuit Constitutions, guided a series of meditations and reflections. The Consiglio then connected the concepts and experiences of Ignatius in the 16th century to contemporary times. The Formula of the Institute speaks about ministries of reconciliation as being one of the foundational themes; and indeed the word ‘reconciliation' has been a major focus of last number of General Congregations. 
General Congregation 36 has asked for a revision of the Statutes on poverty. In a session entitled "Jesuit poverty yesterday and today", we looked at inspirational input from our sources - the autobiography of St. Ignatius; the Spiritual Exercises; the Constitutions and the Spiritual Diary of St Ignatius. We then moved on to explore a spirituality of poverty in contemporary times. 
Throughout the week, the method of spiritual conversation was used. This involved periods of individual silent prayer after most inputs followed by small group sharing. 
The meeting took place from Monday, 3 June to Friday, 8 June. It included members of the Council of the Superior General along with Presidents of the Conferences of Provincials. Also present were the heads of apostolic sectors for Higher Education, Secondary and Pre-Secondary education, Justice and Ecology and Collaboration.

16 Jun 2018 - 09:15

Pope Francis sent a message to a June 5-8 international symposium entitled, “Toward a Greener Attica: Preserving the Planet and Protecting its People,” in Athens, Greece, sponsored by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

By Robin Gomes

The waters of the Mediterranean Sea have “become a tomb for men, women and children” is how Pope Francis lamented the fate of migrants and refugees in a message to an international ecological symposium that kicked off on Tuesday in the Greek capital, Athens.

Pope Francis sent his message to a June 5-8 symposium entitled, “Toward a Greener Attica: Preserving the Planet and Protecting its People,” taking place in Athens, Greece, sponsored by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. 

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Remembering Lesbos

In his message addressed to the symposium participants and host, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, the spiritual leader of some 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, Pope Francis recalled his visit to the Greek island of Lesbos on April 16, 2016, during which he together with Patriarch Bartholomew and Orthodox Archbishop Hieronymus II of Athens, expressed their concern and closeness to migrants and refugees stranded there, pending processing of their application for asylum.

Theologians, scientists, political, business leaders, activists and journalists from around the world are participating in the June 5-8 symposium entitled, “Toward a Greener Attica: Preserving the Planet and Protecting its People,” sponsored by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. 

Attica or the Attic peninsula, is a historical region that encompasses the city of Athens, the capital of present day Greece.

"While enchanted by the scenery of the blue sky and the sea, I was struck by the thought that such a beautiful sea had become a tomb for men, women and children who for the most past sought to escape tried to escape the inhuman conditions of their lands,” the Pope wrote referring to desperate migrants and refugees who perished on in the Mediterranean while trying to reach Europe. 

The Pope said that during his Lesbos visit he was able to witness the generosity of the Greek people, rich in human and Christian values, who despite their economic constraints were commitment to comforting those who “dispossessed of all material goods, had made to their shores".

Among  Catholic Church’s participants in the symposium are Cardinal John Olorunfermi Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja, and Cardinal Peter Turkson, the Prefect of Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, who read out the message of Pope Francis at the gathering.

Ecological crisis rooted in the human heart

The Holy Father noted that “it is not just the homes of vulnerable people around the world that are crumbling, as can be seen in the growing exodus of climate migrants and environmental refugees,” but as he pointed out in his environmental Encyclical “Laudato Si”, they are also “condemning future generations to live in a common home that is reduced to ruins.”

While repeating the question in “Laudato Si”, "What kind of world do we wish to transmit to those who will come after us, to the children who are growing up?"  the Argentinian pope called for a "serious examination of conscience" in the face of the current ecological crisis.  "The care of creation, seen as a shared gift and not as a private possession,” he said, “always entails the recognition and the respect of the rights of every person and every people".

The ecological crisis affecting all humanity, he said is “ultimately rooted in the human heart, that aspires to control and exploit the limited resources of our planet, while ignoring the vulnerable members of the human family.”

World Day of Prayer for Creation

Recalling his message for the September 1 World Day of Prayer for Creation, written together with Patriarch Bartholomew, the Pope said that the duty to care for creation challenges all people of good will and invites Christians to recognize the spiritual roots of the ecologicalcrisis and to cooperate in offering an unequivocal response. 

The annual World Day of Prayer for Creation, he said, is a step in this direction as it demonstrates the common concern and aspiration to work together to address this sensitive issue.  

The Pope concluded his message hoping that Catholics, Orthodox, other Christian communities along with people of good will, may “actively work together in local contexts for the care of creation and for a sustainable and integral development.”

8 Jun 2018 - 10:33

Rome. The International Commission on the Apostolate of Jesuit Education (ICAJE) met in Rome from May 23 to 26. The annual meeting is an opportunity for the six regional delegates, the Secretary for Education and the assistants to the Secretariat to come together, share the state of Jesuit Education in the world, the projects of the secretariat and discuss initiatives that can support the construction of the Jesuit School network.

At the end of the meeting the Commission celebrates the Eucharist on the Camaretas also knowns as the “room of ignatius” the place were he lives his last days before dead July 31th of 1556.

Important topics for this meeting were:

(1) The evaluation and follow up of the Action Statement of the  International Congress of Jesuit Education Delegates (JESEDU-Rio2017),

(2) Educate Magis: the commission had the opportunity to discuss the current development of this project aimed to connect schools and allow for global collaboration at the service of the mission. Some of the topics discuss:

  • Annual report
  • New challenges

(3) The commission had the opportunity to reflect around the invitation of the F. General to discern about the Universal Preferences for the mission of the Society, in the path of the  the decrees of the GC36 and the related documents. We will present to Fr. General our suggestions.

(4) The commission began the discussed of the education delegate role description at the provincial level and began a process to agree on some common basic ground for the job. We also continues the conversation about the associated/partnered/endorsed/companion schools as they are classified in each region.

(5) Fr. Mesa, the Secretary for education, could not be physically present but join the meeting virtually. 

(6) The Secretary for Education presented the report on Jesuit Education. today, the internal and external challenges and the current projects developed by the Secretariat. Also every region presented a executive report of his own region.



José Mesa, SJ – (virtual participation) Chair, Secretariat for Secondary and Pre-secondary Education

Rafael Galaz – Assistant to the Secretariat for Special Projects

William Muller, SJ – Director of the JSN- Canada and US

Brian Flannery –  Member of the Steering Committee JECSE- Europe

Ilse Dekker -  Future Director of JECSE -Europe

Sunny Jacob, SJ – Secretary for JEASA - South Asia

Saúl Cuautle, SJ –  President of FLACSI - Latin America

Johnny Go, SJ – Secretary for Secondary Education JCAP - Asia Pacific. Assistant to the Secretariat for Mission and Identity.

Joe Arimoso, SJ – President of JASBEAM - Africa and Madagascar

Eamonn McGuinness - Director of Educate Magis. 


8 Jun 2018 - 08:35

Pope Francis on Sunday described the feast of the Most Holy Trinity as an occasion to celebrate God’s love for all of us.

By Linda Bordoni

Speaking to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus Prayer, Pope Francis remarked on the Feast we celebrate on the Sunday after Pentecost saying it calls us spread God’s love throughout the world.

He said that the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity highlights the mystery of God, Jesus Christ, who is One in the communion of three Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Remarking on the liturgical Readings of the day help, the Pope said “they help us to understand that rather than wanting to reveal to us that He exists, God wants us to know that He is "with us", that He loves us, is interested in our personal history and takes care of each of us, starting from the smallest and the most needy”.

“He is God up there in heaven, but also down here on earth" he said.


Pope Francis asks for prayers for peace in Africa



Pope Francis asks for prayers for peace in Africa

Underscoring the closeness of “the God of Love who created the universe and generated a people, became flesh, died and rose for us” he said the Holy Spirit transforms all and leads to fullness.

The Pope reflected on the reading of St. Paul whom, he said, “personally experienced this transformation brought about by the God of Love.” He said Paul tells us of God’s wish to be called Father - "Daddy" - with the absolute trust of a child who abandons himself into the arms of He who gave him life.

The Pope said the Apostle also says that the Holy Spirit, acting in us, ensures that Jesus Christ is not reduced to a mere character of the past, but that we feel close to Him: “He is our contemporary and we experience the joy of being children who are loved by God”.


Pope's Angelus of 27 May 2018



Pope's Angelus of 27 May 2018

Finally, he said, in the Gospel, the Risen Lord promises to remain with us forever and it is precisely through his presence and the strength of his Spirit that we can carry out with serenity the mission that he entrusts to us: to proclaim and witness his Gospel to all, to spread our communion with Him and the joy that derives from it.

Pope Francis concluded his catechesis urging the faithful to celebrate the Feast of Most Holy Trinity which invites leads us to contemplate the mystery of a God who ceaselessly creates, redeems and sanctifies, always with love and out of love.

“From the beginning He has chosen to walk together with humanity and form a people that are a blessing for all nations and for all people, no one excluded” he said, urging all believers to go forth with the saving message of God’s love that relieves sins, heals the wounds of the soul and gives salvation.

29 May 2018 - 10:26


New Delhi: Christians in Nepal are alarmed after this month’s sudden series of arson and bomb attacks on four church buildings, and church leaders suspect authorities are lax in investigating.

At the same time, six Christians were arrested for evangelizing while suspected Hindu extremists launched attacks on three church buildings and bombed another. The attacks caused extensive property damage but no casualties.

The Hebron Church building in the eastern hilly region was set on fire on May 9, Emmanuel Church’s building in western Nepal’s Doti District was burned on May 10, and the Kanchanpur Emmanuel Church building in the midwest hilly region was set ablaze on May 11. Before midnight on May 12, the Mahima Church building in Dhangadhi, in western Nepal, was bombed.

Neither government officials nor police have issued a formal statement on suspects, though police have attributed the attacks to the Nepal Communist Party, known as the Biplab Group. But Christian leaders in Nepal suspect a coordinated campaign by Hindu extremists.

Police are cooperating with church leaders and taking their complaints, but officers have not made any arrests, Tanka Subedi, chair of the Religious Liberty Forum Nepal (RLFN), told Morning Star News. He suspects officials have told police to proceed slowly.

“They have not made any arrests yet, as it seems that they have been clearly notified to not carry out arrests in these cases,” Subedi said.

The Mahima Church building in Dhangadhi was partially damaged around 11 p.m. on May 12 after an unknown assailant hurled a bomb into it after others broke a window. Doors, furniture, carpeting, electric appliances, the roof and windows were reported damaged.

Mahima Church pastor Birendra Kariya told Morning Star News he has faced no threats since he began leading the church in 1999. Police promised that they will investigate, but church leaders have received no response from officers about the cases, Pastor Kariya said.

Pastor B.P. Khanal of The Lord’s Assembly told Morning Star News the similarity of the attacks indicated they were coordinated by a single entity.

“Though it might appear that these attacks have been carried out by the same person, geographically this is not possible,” he said. “Which means that these are performed by people who are in a network and are well connected to each other.”

Online Anti-Christian Movement

Recently a social media movement has arisen against Christians on Facebook and Twitter with such hashtags as “Hindu Awakening against Conversion (Esai Karan ke Virudh Hindu Jagaran Abhiyaan),” openly threatening killing and attacks, Pastor Khanal said.

“They have gathered a lot of support and fan-following from the Nepali masses,” he said. “These attacks have not come upon the Nepali churches as a surprise, but these are well-planned and coordinated attacks against the Christian community, and the government is doing nothing about this.”

In Panchthar in the eastern hilly region, Pastor Hasta Lova Limbu of the Hebron church said there was no one in the building when it was set on fire at night. Furniture, the pulpit and the carpet were charred. A youth conference concluded a day before the May 9 attack, said Subedi of the RLFN.

Pastor Shyam Thapa of Emmanuel Church said he was in his house, constructed at the back of the church building, when it was set ablaze at 10 p.m. When he detected it, he and area police doused it after flames damaged furniture and electrical circuits.

Pastor Dhirendra Rana, 34, who has been leading Kanchanpur Emmanuel Church for 10 years, said the building suffered huge property losses.

“The miscreants broke the lock of the church and formed a heap of all the stuff present in the building, including the records of the church, 300 kilograms of grain and electric appliances, and they set everything ablaze,” Pastor Rana said.

He lives less than a mile from the church building, and on the morning of May 12 he found it completely burned. A church member normally sleeps at the church building to guard it, but on that night he was away at a wedding, the pastor said.

The church has not been able to meet for worship, he added.

“I reported the matter to the local police, but I have not heard anything back from them since then,” Pastor Rana said.

Pastor Rana and Pastor Kariya said they suspect the attacks were carried out by “religiously intolerant Hindus” in order to form a “Hindu Nation.”

The pastors shared this view even though they had not spoken to one another. Christian leaders also shared the view that the sudden rise in attacks against Christians is in one way or another influenced by the recent rise of anti-Christian policies and hostilities in India.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Nepal on May 11 and 12.

Subedi of the RLFN said Christian leaders have appealed for help from the government.

“We have written to the Nepalese government to help us rebuild our churches and asked them to not discriminate us on the basis of religion,” he told Morning Star News. “We look towards them as our guardians and not as our enemy.”

Christians Arrested

At the same time, six Christians are under police custody in Tehrathum District, eastern Nepal, under allegations of evangelizing.

On May 9 two of them were arrested while singing worship songs on the street and allegedly proclaiming Christ, while four were arrested at their homes, Subedi said. They appeared in court on Thursday (May 17), when their remand to jail was extended for seven more days.

Arrested were Dinesh Subba, 28, Ashish Subba, 22, Dipak Subba, 28, Manatula Dhital, 44, all from Jhapa. Also arrested were two visiting from India – 40-year-old Barshiya Dhital of Sikkim, and Pawan Rai, 33, from Paschim Bangal.

Evangelizing is prohibited under Nepal’s new constitution, passed in September 2015, as it was under the previous constitution. While the new constitution establishes Nepal as a secular and democratic republic, its definition of “secular” appears to protect Hinduism and allows others only to worship in their own faiths. Article 26 forbids anyone to “convert a person of one religion to another religion, or disturb the religion of other people.”

While evangelizing has long been illegal in Nepal, advocacy groups have recently detected increased enforcement and other anti-Christian efforts as officials seek to placate Hindus incensed that the new constitution did not re-establish a more prominent place for Hinduism.

A landlocked country between the giants of India and China, Nepal is said to be more than 75 percent Hindu and 16 percent Buddhist. Christians are estimated to make up nearly 3 percent of Nepal’s population, and Muslims 4.4 percent.


24 May 2018 - 09:24


Father General's visit to the PAL of Valladolid, Villagarcía y León began in the infirmary of Villagarcía de Campos on Ascension Sunday. Accompanied by the Provincial of Spain, Antonio España, the Regional Assistant of Southern Europe, Joaquín Barrero, the Delegate for the Elderly, Cipriano Díaz, and the Delegate of the PAL, Gerardo Villar, he toured the house, greeting the residents and the staff who take care of the elderly. A meeting of friendship, between colleagues, that at 12h. was extended to more Jesuits, more than a hundred, already in the recently restored Capilla del Cristo (Chapel of Christ). He presented himself as the Jesuit admired and grateful to know Villagarcía. "A complete myth", he said, because of all the news of the novitiate and of his practices known through the Spanish Jesuits who arrived in Venezuela, his native country. He commented that when he joined the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits had only been in Venezuela for 50 years and 40 percent of his companions were Spanish. However, they achieved a good transition thanks to their inculturation from which they transmitted their passion for Jesus.

The core of Arturo Sosa's talk came from the 36th General Congregation, where he was elected to succeed Fr Adolfo Nicolás in 2016 and whose decrees mark the future of the Jesuit vocation towards "reconciliation". With all that complexity of a wounded, moving and unequal world, healing only exists if there is justice, mercy and forgiveness. For Sosa, the sense of reconciliation has been present in the core of the Society since previous congregations, although it has been expressed from other dimensions such as faith and justice, dialogue between cultures and religions. The challenge now is that this future is built in partnership with others. "GC36 paid more attention to the way we do things than to what we do," he explained, and among the ways we do things, he pointed out the first: discernment, a first way that goes hand in hand with apostolic planning "to make things better, more and better" and work with others. "The mission of the Society of Jesus is not of the Society, it is of the Church, because since we were born, we were born to serve the Church. He invited the Jesuits to change "the mentality" and think more of "we collaborate" than "they collaborate". And he added: "to share mission even with those of us who do not share the faith but share the mission".

Arturo Sosa also reviewed the three mandates of GC36 to the Jesuits: the in-depth review of apostolic preferences with the greater participation of the Jesuits. The work will last 10 years, and the time will be devoted to planning how they will be carried out. The second mandate is to review the poverty statute and the rules for the administration of temporary goods. "It puts us in an important spiritual situation because it puts us in front of one of the thorniest issues like poverty." He recalled how the first Jesuits lived the poverty from which the Society of Jesus was born and the vow of the Jesuits. "The image we give is not that we live poorly. Objectively, in most cases, as a body, our image is too far from living in poverty," he acknowledged. For Fr Sosa, the important thing in the future is to recognize the way to be closer to Jesus who became incarnate in humanity "poor among the poor". Finally, the third mandate is the promotion of a culture of safeguarding children and vulnerable persons. An ambitious mandate because the contribution would be that of social transformation through justice and reconciliation. "A complex job that won't last 10 years but generations."

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20 May 2018 - 18:01

Oh God of freedom and love, let your light of truth shine on our Nation, dispelling all darkness and untruth. 
Let the dreams of our founding fathers and the values of our Constitution – Equality, Liberty and Fraternity – be always held in highest esteem.
Let the people of all castes and creeds, all denominations and persuasions live in harmony and peace steering far away from hatred and violence.
Protect our legislatures as a place of discerning minds. 
Raise our judiciary as the hallmark of integrity, prudence and justice. 
Keep our print, visual and social media as the channels of truth for edifying discourses. 
Protect our institutions from the infiltration of the evil forces.
Let the poor of our country be provided with the means of livelihood. 
Let the Dalits, Tribals and the Marginalised be brought into the mainstream of nation building. 
Let justice and integrity prevail in every sphere of our life.
May the ethos of true democracy envelop our elections with dignity and the flames of honest patriotism en-kindle our political leaders.
This is our cry, Heavenly Father, in these troubled times as we see the clouds eclipsing the light of truth, justice and freedom.
Almighty Father, bless our nation with the revival of the Gospel values in the name of your Beloved Son Jesus Christ by sending forth your Holy Spirit.
Oh, Mary our Blessed Mother, who appeared at Fatima, give hope to the struggling nations and intercede for our beloved country. Amen. 
+ Anil Joseph Thomas Couto, Archbishop of Delhi
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19 May 2018 - 05:55

Jesuits and Community Life!

The Encyclical ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is a game changer in its approach to moral issues. Rather than starting from principals to application, it begins with the reality of family builds up moral perspectives. This is based on a sound theology of family. “The Bible is full of families, births, love stories and family crisis....The couple that loves and begets life is a true, living icon.” ‘Family’ is a privileged place, chosen by God, to reveal how he relates to humanity. Hence the church looks at the realities of family life with enthusiasm. Conjugal life and love, or their absence, are part of the reality of family life – matter of the Church to ponder. Hence accompaniment of the family becomes a significant part of the mission of the Church.

One could apply, mutatis mutandis, a similar role for Jesuit Community: it is a privileged place for Jesuits to discover God’s way with us. If the Society is ‘our path way to God’ (Nadal), our companionship in the given community becomes significant. It is through our companionship that we discern and discover God’s way with us.

GC 35 &36 reiterates Community as Mission. Some of us were taken aback with this new found zeal for community life. A few felt we were becoming coenobite monks, others felt mission was getting diluted. Community ad dispersionem was the catchword. Jesuits are called to be on the move, not settled in community. These are genuine concerns.

The new found emphasis on community could be viewed differently in the light of the emerging thinking on discernment in common and the role of spiritual conversation. ‘Active listening and Intentional speaking’ are significant tools for discernment in common. ‘Active Listening’ is an art that we need to cultivate. Non-judgmental, respectful, and reverential listening affirms one another; it makes room for the Spirit to be present. Ordinarily our minds are wired to judge and categorise. Perhaps we need to silence the ‘monkey mind’ and be present to one another in active listening. Intentional speaking refers to our way of communicating from the depth of our interior movements and experiences. Such conversation builds up community.

Community becomes the ‘locale’ where we listen to the Spirit through one another. As Khalil Gibran says, ‘Let there be space between our togetherness’. This is not make community a pious association. It is rather to make it a dynamic space where we celebrate companionship in order to grow in the Spirit; an exciting way of being together in our differences and richness; a space that is open –inviting and enthusing us – Community is Mission.

George Pattery SJ  

16 May 2018 - 17:06