If Discernment is the big word from GC36 it is certainly being taken seriously at the Roman Curia.  An extensive discernment and planning process will go on there for the next couple of months. It is engaging some of the GC36 invitations to move forward. John Dardis, the new Counsellor for Discernment and Apostolic Planning, is Chairing a committee of three people which includes himself, the Secretary of the Society, Antoine Kerhuel, and the Secretary for Collaboration, Edward Fassett. “There are many items to look at”, said Fr. Antoine Kerhuel “and we need a lot of different groups.  We are involving people from the Curia itself; from outside; lay people;other religious;  collaborators.  We are trying to have a mix of people from different Conferences and cultures.  It is a challenge, but it is really exciting.” There are a range of items being considered: how the Curia communicates including an updating of its website; a reform of the Statutes on Poverty; an evaluation of Province restructuring;  a look forward to the Synod on Youth and how the Society can contribute. “Some tasks are small and concrete and not so difficult.” said Ed Fassett.  “Others are more complex and require a bit more time and energy.  That is what makes the work exciting and interesting.” The plan itself should be finished by September this year and then the activities outlined will continue for three or four years. 
The web series inhabited by Laudato si' is online since March 12th. About the realisator Martin de Lalaubie Martin de Lalaubie, 28 year-old, is the directeur of "Clamors". After studying movies and audio-visuals, he realised his first documentary "Dark Magic or body life", in the slums of Recife in Brazil. He has been working at the CERAS near Paris - CERAS is the Centre of Research and Social Action) since October 2013. He realized the web documentary "Young and committed, Portrait of a moving Church" while continuing to study with work-linked training in a formation of bi-media journalism. Just graduated, he started end of 2015 to study Laudato Si’ with the realization of "Clamors" a web series.   After the web documentary “Young and committed, Portrait of a moving Church”, what motivated you to direct a web series inspired by Laudato Si’ ? In 2015, pope Francis published a revolutionary text : Laudato Si’. Francis has a look without compromise at the state of our planet, our "common home". However, his words are full of hope and plenty of resources to move forward. We couldn’t miss this opportunity! It was the period when we launched our web documentary "Young and committed", and it was as if we had initiated a positive dynamic: to speak to young people about social thought of the Church, seriously but simply, by videos and over the web. The desire was real for our partners to carry on this collective work. This was the thing that triggered it.   Why this title "Clamors" ? The idea of Laudato Si’ is that we can’t answer the environmental issues without speaking about social issues, and vice versa. For the pope, humanity is passing through one social environmental crisis. The "Clamors" is this poetic and embodied image used by Francis to illustrate the link between the suffering of the poor and the suffering of the earth. This web series is built as an answer to his invitation. If I would listen to these clamors, I quickly realized that it was not as simple as I thought. These clamors are answering one another and merge into each other, like stereo music. What motivated the multiplicity of video formats ? Because there are numerous clamors. We want to build the web series around the worlds of those who are at the borders of our lives. These videos are named « On the doorstep », because there are people left on the doorstep of our "Common House". There are raw testimonies, and others are almost collective realizations. It depends on the context of the meeting. But we also wanted to enhance videos, that’s why we met specialists and we realized reports about actions carried out in the South. And above all, there are small portions of fiction. Somewhat like a showcase, they make us dream of entering to see more. But these moments affect us and show us that these clamors echo in each of us. Was there a striking meeting for you ? It would be hard to pick up only one of them, because every meeting was so significant. I can pick up above all the richness of the process for "On the doorstep" videos. Especially one of them where I spent a lot of time with some people. With the production, we could feel each of us moving, evolving over the shooting. Even before discovering  the results, I knew it was an experience in itself. About the CERAS The CERAS team (Centre of Research and social action) supports Martin de Lalaubie’s project. Since 2005, the Centre is located at La Plaine Saint-Denis near Paris and is made up of Jesuits and lay people. There are 3 different missions at CERAS : to accompany associations committed in the social arena, to stimulate discussions around their questions, to train them in their sphere of competence. Among them, there is the Projet journal – published since 1907, the organisation of an annual session about social questions, and the management of the first francophone website, entirely dedicated to understanding and study of the Social Doctrine of the Church. Contacts Martin de Lalaubie : http://www.clameurs-lawebserie.fr/page/contact Site : http://www.clameurs-lawebserie.fr/ Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/clameurslawebserie/ Twitter : https://twitter.com/clameurs_serie?lang=fr YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6fvgGfaPW5yHpZ8-dV3-bQ
Symposium about the continuing effects of his œuvre. On March 14th, the Catholic Social Academy of Austria (KSOE) hosted a symposium in honour of Fr. Johannes Schasching SJ who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. As they convened at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, participants were unanimous about the impressive life work of Fr. Johannes Schasching SJ and the importance of preserving his legacy. Schasching was also a papal adviser and is regarded as a pioneer of the Catholic social doctrine. An institute of the Catholic Private University of Linz (KU Linz), a fellowship program of the KSOE and the Industrialists Association. Award for enhancing dialogue between economy, ethics and religion, all bear his name. Dr.in Christina Plank (Schasching-Fellow der ksoe 2016/17), Provinzial Dr. Bernhard Bürgler (Jesuiten), Dr.in Magdalena M.  Holztrattner M.A. (Leiterin Kath. Sozialakademie Österreichs), Univ.- Prof. Wolfgang Palaver (Universität Innsbruck, Dr. Sebastian Thieme (Schasching-Fellow der ksoe 2015/16), Bischof em. Dr. h.c. Maximilian Aichern OSB, P. Dr. Alois Riedlsperger SJ (Jesuiten) Well-known catholic journalist and an expert in formation and society for the Industrialists Association Barbara Coudenhove-Kalergi, stressed that “successful enterprises can only grow in a successful society”. Being guided by Fr. Schasching’s principles can be of essential help. The former WER Award, which was renamed Fr. Johannes Schasching Award in 2016, is hence aimed at encouraging young students and scientists to engage in the dialogue between economy and ethics. The award includes a prize money of €7.500 and is conferred biannually. Fr. Schasching was not a representative of an exclusionist Catholicism, but a humanist, a bridge builder, said Wolfgang Palaver, a Social Ethics Professor from Innsbruck, in his celebratory speech. His efforts towards dialogue are still relevant in present-day interreligious social ethics. Palaver also draw attention to his important influence within the Society of Jesus: in 1979, Schasching carried out a sociological study of the Jesuits emphasizing the commitment to faith and justice, which meant an important “reorientation” of the Society. Back then, Schasching pointed out that the Jesuit order had to take the point of view of the poor and minorities in a much more explicit way. A closer look at his life helps us understand better the evolution of the Catholic social doctrine, stated the Bishop Emeritus of Linz, Maximilian Aichern. “Fr. Schasching would have been happy with Francis”, his fellow Jesuit at the helm of the Holy See, said the former “social bishop of Austria”. Martin Bolldorf, former ambassador of Austria to the Holy See, talked about the close relationship he had with Schasching. At the time of his death, a group of mourners at the Viennese Caritas-run restaurant Inigo, concluded: “This cannot stop here!”, and that’s how the Fr. Johannes Schasching Society was born. It grants research scholarships of up to 3 years in Rome, with the aim of continuing Fr. Schasching’s work. Magdalena Holztrattner, director of KSOE, drew attention to Schasching’s important contribution to the elaboration of the Social Statement of the Churches in Austria. Christian Spieß, a theologian at KU Linz, presented the newly founded Institute for Christian Social Sciences Johannes Schasching SJ. The institute is also doing research on Fr. Schasching himself, based on his works which were granted to the institute on permanent loan. Economy has to be fact-based, humane and appropriate for society. This principle of Schasching’s was taken up by the Provincial of the Austrian Jesuits, Fr. Bernhard Bürgler. Happiness and the richness of a society are strongly linked to solidarity within a society and to the security provided by a democratic state. Fr. Johannes Schasching was born on the 10th of March 1917 in Upper Austria and died on September 20th 2013 in Vienna.
Flame 2017: 10.000 Signs of Hope in a World of Injustice. Pupils from three Jesuit schools represented the Jesuits in Britain at Flame 2017 on Saturday.  They were accompanied by their chaplains James Potter (of Wimbledon College) and Stonyhurst College's Sarah Young, as well as Fr Matthew Power SJ, Vocations Director,  Fr Simon Bishop SJ, the province's Director of Spirituality, and Fr David Stewart SJ of the Ignatian Spirituality Outreach Ministry and National Director of the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network.  Fr Stewart represents the Jesuits in Britain on CYMFed, the organisers of Flame 2017. The title of this year’s event - '10,000 Reasons To Hope' - reflected the title of a song (10,000 Reasons) by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Matt Redman who led the music at on Saturday. The Opening Liturgy was full of dance, movement and time for reflective prayer, as the assembly joined in the mobile phone light show and moved in time to the music. Many diocesan bishops sat alongside their young people and youth leaders. Fast-moving presentations were well-planned and varied with multimedia backgrounds and lighting effects. Cardinal Vincent Nichols brought a message from Pope Francis to Flame 2017: the Pope was cheered every time his name was mentioned. His call to the young people "to help vulnerable migrants and our neighbours who feel abandoned" was especially welcomed by those gathered at Wembley. Cardinal Vincent urged the young people to feed into planning for the 2018 Synod of Bishops on 'Youth, faith and vocational discernment' and described Flame 2017 as "a unique opportunity for young Catholics to experience a joyful and missionary Church". Powerful voices One of the themes of the day was refugees and journey. At the Opening Liturgy,  the moving account of the journey of refugees across the sea was made even more real as it was delivered from a boat that had carried 37 refugees across the Mediterranean. Jesuit Refugee Service UK provided input in the afternoon, showing videos of refugees speaking about their lives and what it is really like to be an asylum seeker in Britain. The JRS presentation began and ended with the voices of refugees who were keen to speak directly to young people about their lives because a gathering of so many young Catholics is a source of hope for the future. Their voices were  powerfully expressed on the video, as they spoke about the challenges of not being allowed to work as an asylum seeker, of the sense of confusion about the system and how JRS is like home to them. They also had messages of hope and love for the young people and said that anyone helping refugees is doing God's work. Sarah Teather, the Director of JRS UK gave a keynote speech in which she talked about JRS' mission to accompany serve and advocate on behalf of refugees. She said that it is a mission built on faith in God who is present even in the most tragic moments of human history. "I talked of how accompanying refugees allows us to see God working in the lives of refugees," she said afterwards. "I praised the refugee volunteers at JRS and explained how that made JRS a special place. I challenged the group of 10k young people in Wembley to do just one thing to help refugees and asylum seekers, encouraging them to use their voice to speak the truth about how tough it is for refugees, to get involved in their local area and to pray for refugees." Building bridges between faiths Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, who became Burma/Myanmar's first ever Cardinal in 2015, also took to the platform and urged the young people to "carry the flame of hope" in today's world, particularly bringing hope to those less fortunate. Smiling throughout, he said: "I see beautiful faces and colours and this is the diversity of the Catholic Church." Cardinal Bo told the gathering that he has been calling 2017 a Year of Peace although "everywhere the voices of hatred are becoming stronger and all of us must counter this". He reported that Catholics are working for justice in Myanmar's slums, camps for displaced people and in projects that promote education, health and build bridges between faiths. His phrase that "hope has no expiry date" was very popular on social media. Afterwards, Fr Stewart reflected on the day and noted that praise had been especially warm for Sarah (Teather)’s presentation on JRS, including from many of the 22 bishops present. "What a day!" he said. "Rather like the following day's Gospel, it was wonderful for us to be there … we met so many friends, all delighted to see the Ignatian family at the biggest youth ministry event since, probably, St John Paul’s papal visit in 1982." Creative activities took place outside during the lunch break, in which young people had to imagine trying to engage with the British public as refugees from overseas. Flame 2017 concluded with a Liturgy with Adoration and Benediction, during which Cardinal Nichols blessed the boat that had carried the 37 refugees. Fr Stewart joined Cardinal Vincent and the other clergy as young people from various parishes and diocese carried crosses onto the stage.
Magis Central Europe 2017 will be held from 14 to 23 July 2017. The heart of the experience are Ignatian experiments (14 to 20 July) that will take place in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. A final common meeting (20 to 23 July) will be hosted in the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague. Young people from all around the world are invited to take part in this adventure! More information about Magis Central Europe 2017   Usefull Materials : Logo: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0Bynv0muNDvXMcERDQkxOem1tUGM   Banner to be used on the website etc.: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B1b8dbig5sHHMUtXeGFlMFkzREk   Poster and flyer: English poster and flyers: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B1b8dbig5sHHa2dmNmU0dnB0dGc   Social networks FB: https://www.facebook.com/magisce2017/?fref=ts Twitter: https://twitter.com/magisce2017 Flicker: https://www.flickr.com/photos/magisce2017 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/magisce2017/ 
‘Mindfully at Home in the Cosmos’ was the title of the spring retreat in the Manresa, the Jesuit Centre for Spirituality in Clontarf, Dublin. It was given by Dee Hennessy and Des O’Grady SJ and in this interview with Pat Coyle of Irish Jesuit Communications they talk about what happened during the retreat and their work in general. They also give details and dates of their future retreats which you can find out about here. Des O’Grady is chaplain in Dundrum Mental Hospital and earlier in his Jesuit life he lectured in philosophy in the Milltown Institute. His interest in cosmology and the work of Teilhard de Jardin SJ has grown out of a dissatisfaction with a development of Christian practice that he feels has turned the Church into a type of ‘club’ with members who are ‘in’ and others who are ‘out’. He believes this type of exclusivity has nothing to do with the cosmic Christ nor does it reflect the infinite goodness and the indiscriminate love of the Creator of the cosmos. Similarly Dee Hennessy, a mindfulness practitioner, came to mindfulness feeling dissatisfied and poorly nourished by the Christian theology she studied. Ironically, she now says that her practice of ‘living in the moment’ and ‘surrendering in trust to the present with awareness’, has brought her back to a deeper appreciation of her Catholic faith. Dee and Des have been giving retreats around the country. They are clear that they do not teach mindfulness or cosmology but rather they engage participants in the actual practice of living mindfully and experiencing themselves as a integral part of creation, connected to the cosmos. They do this through  prayer and meditation, breathing and movement exercises, stillness, silence, walks, group sharing and one on one spiritual accompaniment. In this interview they address the danger of ‘mindfulness’ becoming just another technique or fad that is potentially as unrealistic as it is helpful. They also take on board the challenge of what ‘coming home’ really means when it’s a coming home to a created world that is, as Shakespeare describes it, ‘nature red in tooth and claw’.

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