As of the writing of this essay, the Democratic presidential primary is underway and the Louisiana Legislative session will begin on March 9. I considered writing about the necessity of doing our civic duty to vote. While this is true, I decided to go one-step further in how we discuss civic duty.
<p>Dr. Weishar reflects on Cardinal Ramazzini's visit to Mississippi.</p>
Early in his pontificate Pope Francis presented his vision of the Church in the world-- that of a “field hospital” for the wounded. In a 2013 interview with Jesuit journalist Antonio Spadaro, S.J., he said,
The Trump Administration’s capitulation to a Turkish invasion of Kurdish regions of Syria has begun to displace thousands of Kurdish civilians fleeing war’s destruction and death. They join more than 70 million refugees and internally displaced people fleeing for their lives worldwide.
Last month in this column  Fred Kammer, SJ, treated the four Jesuit universal preferences for the future of our ministries, noting that “preferences” are more inclusive than that other oft-used term “priorities,” which tend to exclude more than they include.
Early last year, the Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa, SJ, invited Jesuits and our colleagues worldwide to provide input in developing what are called “universal apostolic preferences.” These are to guide all Jesuit ministries for the next ten years. Here in Loyola’s Ignatius Chapel, on a Saturday in April of 2018, Jesuits and colleagues from Loyola University, Jesuit High School, Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Immaculate Conception Parish, and Manresa Retreat
“Thyestean banquet” is a term used to describe a horrific act. It is an allusion to the Greek myth about Thyestes, king of Olympia, and his brother, Artreus. After Thyestes seduced the wife of his brother, Artreus then murdered Thyestes’ sons and served them to him at a feast.