Glory be to God for dappled things –
For skies of couple-colour as a brindled cow;
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:
GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS, S]
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.
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.
Christ is Risen. Alleluia!!
During Lent everyone is encouraged to turn to God and to ask forgiveness for sins. You may find it helpful to use the following Examination of Conscience. Durante la Cuaresma se les exhorta a todos a volver a Dios y a confesar los pecados. Será provechoso usar la siguiente Revisión de conciencia.
Every Sunday, at 5:00pm, when the University is in session:
a contemporary celebration of praise and worship
at St. Aedan’s, the Saint Peter’s University Church.
All are welcome!