A sacred place for worship and reflection for both the Jersey City and Saint Peter’s University communities.

Oh Mother you are present

Posted on August 17th, 2014 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

Oh Mother, You are present in every form;

You are in the entire universe

and in its tiniest and most trifling things.

Wherever I go and wherever I look,

I see you, 0 Mother, present in your cosmic form.
The whole world – earth, fire, water, air -

All are your forms, Mother,

the whole world of birth and death.

Mountains, plants, animals living on land and in the water,

All moving and unmoving beings in this beautiful world

are full of Divine will, says Prasad.

 

RAMPRASAD

 

 

Ramprasad, an 18th century Bengali poet-saint, addressed God as his own Mother. He had a vivid sense of God’s enormous power and universal presence.

God as Truth

Posted on August 10th, 2014 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

What I want to achieve—

what I have been striving and pining to achieve these thirty years—

is self-realization, to see God face to face, to attain Liberation.

I live and move and have my being in pursuit of this goal.

All that I do by way of speaking and writing,

and all my ventures in the political field,

are directed to this same end.

 

I worship God as Truth only.

I have not yet found God, but I am seeking after God …

Often in my progress I have faint glimpses of the Absolute Truth, God.

Daily the conviction is growing upon me

that God alone is real and all else unreal.

 

MOHANDAS K. GANDHI

NOVENA. Our Lady of VAILANKANNI

Posted on August 3rd, 2014 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

Attention — all Catholics from India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. You are always welcome in our parish church, and we invite you to the NOVENA OF OUR LADY OF VAILANKANNI, which will begin on Saturday, 30 August, and will take place every night at 7:00pm, until it concludes with a special Mass on Sunday, 7 September, at 7:00 pm. Please make your plans now and tell others

In my soul

Posted on August 2nd, 2014 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

IN MY SOUL

RABIA OF BASRA

SUFI (C. 717-801)

 

In my soul

there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church

where I kneel.

 

Prayer should bring us to an altar where no walls or
names exist.

 

Is there not a region of love where the sovereignty is
illuminated nothing,

 

where ecstasy gets poured in itself
and becomes lost,

 

where the wing is fully alive
but has no mind or body?

 

In my soul

there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church

 

that dissolve, that dissolve
in God.

HAPPY FEAST DAY!

Posted on July 28th, 2014 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

This Thursday, 31 July, is the feast day of St Ignatius Loyola, the 16th century Spanish mystic and visionary who founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).  The University will celebrate in St Aedan’s, the University Church, with a special Mass at 12:10 pm, followed by a festive barbecue in the church yard.

God is the light

Posted on July 28th, 2014 by Rev. John Hyatt, S.J.

God is the Light of the heavens and the earth.

His light may be compared to a niche in which is a lamp,

the lamp in a glass,

the glass as it were a glittering star kindled from a Blessed tree,

an olive that is neither of the East nor of the West

whose oil would almost shine forth though no fire touches it.
Light upon light, God guides to His light whom He  will.

God speaks in metaphors to me.

God has knowledge of all things.

 

QUR’ AN 24:35

The Qur’an is the complete compilation of the Prophet Muhammad’s (d.632) revelations from the One God.

Glory be to God for dappled things

Posted on July 21st, 2014 by Saint Peter's Webmaster

Glory be to God for dappled things –
For skies of couple-colour as a brindled cow;
For rose-moles
all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced –
fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; a dazzle, dim;
He fathers – forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.

GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS, S]

Finding God in All Things

Posted on July 13th, 2014 by Saint Peter's Webmaster

This phrase sums up Ignatian spirituality. Ignatius experienced every circumstance of his life as an encounter with God acting for him in his life. As heirs to the Ignatian tradition we are invited to pay attention with clear eyes to reality and engage it as it is, here and now. We must see, hear, and feel reality in all its particularities and show it reverence because it is an expression of an Absolute creative and sustaining love for us. As we allow our hearts to be touched by this love we experience faith as a living reality, our trust finds its steady ground, and we discover the courage to explore courageously the mystery of creation.

Thus, for Ignatius, to know the world better is to know God better. This is why education at Saint Peter’s eagerly embraces all intellectual disciplines. Truth is found not just in the sciences, but in theater, literature, music, history, art, economics, dance, philosophy, and theology. Because these things deepen our humanity, we participate more fully in the divine who embraced our human experience to its fullest.

Ignatius saw no contradiction between human knowledge and faith. If there seems to be from time to time, it’s a matter of our failure to understand, to probe deeply enough for the truth, and is, finally, a call to greater research and prayer.

First Communions and Confirmation

Posted on May 30th, 2014 by Rev. Vincent Sullivan, S.J.

Congratulations to our young people who will be receiving First Communion at the 9:30 Mass on Sunday, June 1st, and to the fourteen young people and adults who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at the 12:30 mass on the same day!  We welcome Bishop Dominic Marconi who will be administering the Sacrament of Confirmation.