Ignatian Threads

Ignatian Threads

Francis Xavier - greatest Jesuit missionary

Posted by Hilda Walter on 8/26/21

August 22 bulletin

As you are aware, stained glass windows on either side of the altar in Gesu Church depict the lives of St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Francis Xavier. Moreover, the scenes of these two Jesuit founders reveal the early history of the Society of Jesus – ... Read More »

Mary - Blessed Among Women

Posted by Hilda Walter on 8/16/21

August 15, 2021

As we celebrate this Feast of the Assumption, let us imaginatively view the interaction between Mary and her cousin, Elizabeth. We are enthralled by this remarkable exchange in which we witness complete faith and trust in God. Both Mary and Elizabeth recognize their roles in God’s ... Read More »

Jesuit Beginnings

Posted by Hilda Walter on 8/12/21

August 8

Last week we celebrated the Feast of St. Ignatius, notably his “cannonball moment” depicted in the top window panel to the right of the altar. Saint Francis Xavier, whose life is depicted in stained glass window panels to the left of the altar, and whose statue is in our narthex, ... Read More »


Posted by Hilda Walter on 8/01/21

Those who attended Mass this weekend at Gesu, in person or online, experienced an unusual homily opening: "Kaboom...kaboom!" resounded Fr. Laniauskas at all Masses.  He had our attention! Of course, if you had read the publicity preceding this week's celebration, you caught onto his purpose.  Fr. L. was expressing ... Read More »

The 'Cannonball Moment'

Posted by Hilda Walter on 7/26/21

July 31 - August 1

Today we celebrate the “cannonball moment” on the Feast of St. Ignatius, as Jesuits worldwide are beginning a special Ignatian year. Surely Ignatius would have connected readily with today’s Gospel from John. Jesus says to the crowd: “My Father gives you the true bread ... Read More »

Ignatius Formulates the Spiritual Exercises

Posted by Hilda Walter on 7/12/21

July 11

After his vigil at Montserrat, Ignatius went to the village of Manresa. For a while he lived in a cave, performing penances and fasting, putting aside concern for personal appearance.  He spent many hours each day in prayer.  In a book he carried for years and later ... Read More »

The 'Livery of Christ'

Posted by Hilda Walter on 7/07/21

July 5

As you gaze upon the Ignatius window panel where he is convalescing after serious battle injury, reflect on this life-changing experience for a young Basque soldier. Wordly dreams and military career were abruptly finished. More profoundly – for him and all of those who for hundreds of ... Read More »

Ignatius is Called

Posted by Hilda Walter on 6/29/21

June 27

Stained glass windows to the right of the altar depict episodes in the life of St. Ignatius. The uppermost window shows Ignatius, back in his father’s castle at Loyola recovering from the severe battle injury that shattered his right leg.  This Basque soldier asked for books to ... Read More »

Be Calm; Have Faith

Posted by Hilda Walter on 6/22/21

June 20 

Let’s enter into the boat with Jesus and his disciples. Jesus sleeps on a pillow in the stern while his disciples are fearful of being overpowered by waves crashing over their boat. Note that the Sea of Galilee is seven hundred feet below sea level, twelve miles ... Read More »

Imagine Jesus Missioning US

Posted by Hilda Walter on 6/16/21

June 13

You may have read about the “Ignatian Year.” Fr. Arturo Sosa, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus, has called for the period between May 20, 2021 and July 31, 2022 to be a celebration of the life of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. The beginning date ... Read More »


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