Monday, July 04, 2005

Those Darn Jesuits . . .

In an attempt to bring some balance to the force, today I am inagurating an occasional column called "Those Darn Jesuits." This will be a column dedicated to announcing news about good works being done by Jesuits that is likely to go unnoticed by many of my fellow bloggers. As many of my fellow bloggers do a more than adequate job spreading what they believe to be "bad news" about those darn Jesuits, this column will be devoted only to good news about individual Jesuits and Jesuit ministries.

This past weekend I ran into Br. Rick Curry, S.J., writer of cookbooks, and also the director of The National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped. He shared with me the wonderful news that among the new projects the workshop is taking on is ministry to wounded soldiers, recently returned from Iraq. As you may know, though the numbers of wounded have not been released, the number is thought to be at least six times that of the number killed in the war. That means Rick and the workshop have their work cut out for them. Please pray for the wounded soldiers and the success of this ministry.


Blogger Susan Rose, CSJP said...

Great idea! I have a feeling that most bloggers and others who are frustrated with the supposed "bad news" of those darned jesuits don't really have much experience with them.

By the way, have you read "Radical Compassion" by Gary Smith, SJ? He worked with the homeless on the streets of Portland and shares some of his journal entries in this amazing book.

I look forward to learning more about others of those darned jesuits!

11:52 PM  
Blogger Mark Mossa, SJ said...


Thanks for the tip on the book! I haven't read it. I'll have to check it out.

And thanks for the positive feedback!


12:24 AM  
Blogger Steve Bogner said...

Mark - this is a great idea!

7:16 AM  
Blogger mamagiglio said...

I love it. I have posted "those darned Jesuits" bits in the past, but it is out of frustration because I love what the Society of Jesus has done. There are some in the order (and all of us I think are guilty of this at some time or another) who seem to worship their own intellect rather than God. Ignatius of Loyola is a great saint and there are many in his order who are still valiant soldiers for Christ. They work humbly for the Lord, and as such do not get as much attention as "those darned Jesuits." Thanks for bringing their works to light

3:52 PM  

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