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Our streets have been brightened by disillusioning posters as parties parade their empty promises for the upcoming municipal elections. At the same time, the lived realities of South Africans continue in an increasingly desperate and disenfranchised way, and local government has been debilitated by widespread corruption, maladministration and the blatant ...
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Many people I meet in the office and corridors at work speak of having rushing thoughts, a racing heart and tiredness where sleep is no cure. Many of the people I encounter are refugees and asylum seekers, women, single mothers, eking out a precarious life in the informal sector and, ...
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Social psychologists are trying to help us understand how we may be feeling at this stage in the pandemic. One of the challenges is that we are in a state of flux, constantly adapting to changing circumstances as cases rise and fall and rise again and as lockdown regulations change ...
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“Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?”
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Mark 10:47-48 Wednesday, 27 October 2021 Mark 10:46–52 Bartimaeus was desperately trying to get Jesus’ attention. This was despite many others around him, who were trying to get him to keep silent. Why was Bartimaeus so insistent on getting an opportunity to speak with Jesus? If one reads the whole ...
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Mark 10:47,49 Tuesday, 26 October 2021 Mark 10:46–52 The quote for today introduces us to an exchange that will take place between Bartimaeus and Jesus. Bartimaeus is blind and is calling out to Jesus for help. After all the people around him tell him to keep quiet, Jesus stops and ...
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Mark 10:46Monday, 25 October 2021 Mark 10:46–52 St Ignatius would often invite people to enter into a Gospel text imaginatively. He had a strong belief in the power of the imagination to make a Gospel passage come alive. Interactions between people in the passage can be seen in our imagination ...
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LISTEN: Reflection for All Saints 2021
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Join Fr Nobert Munekani SJ as he reflects on the readings for the 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time. Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts. Deuteronomy 6:2-6; Psalm 18:2-4,47,51; Hebrews 7:23-28; John 14:23; Mark 12:28-34 Download the text of ...
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Join Fr Grant Tungay SJ as he reflects on the readings for the 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts. Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126:1-6; Hebrews 5:1-6; 2 Timothy 1:10; Mark 10:46-52 Download the text ...
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Join Fr Ricardo da Silva SJ as he reflects on the readings for the 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts. Isaiah 53:10-11; Psalm 33:4-5, 18-22; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 10:45; Mark 10:35-45 Download the ...
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PRESS STATEMENT: “WHOLESALE DESTRUCTION MOCKS LIBERTY”

PRESS STATEMENT: “WHOLESALE DESTRUCTION MOCKS LIBERTY”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA STATEMENT Tuesday, 13 July 2021 (Click here to download)  “WHOLESALE DESTRUCTION MOCKS LIBERTY”   Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways! (Proverbs 3:31) The continued and escalating violence in South Africa is of grave concern. Violence always begets more violence. Violence causes immediate and long-term suffering to all and will not address the pertinent issues that need to be urgently addressed in this country. South Africa has long been on a precipice. What we witness is symptomatic of a number of factors that cannot be ignored. The country’s tragic history, endemic corruption, political infighting, moral decay, disregard for the law, and the unfavourable global economic conditions, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, are among them. However, the burning, looting and destruction of property will not bring about change, it will deepen the crisis. The words of the great prophet and champion of the oppressed ...
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PRESS STATEMENT: Opening Places of Worship

PRESS STATEMENT: Opening Places of Worship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA STATEMENT Wednesday, 27 May 2020 (Click here to download)  Opening Places of Worship The Jesuit Institute South Africa has noted President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that places of worship may reopen with a limit of 50 people or less when the country moves into Level 3 on 1 June 2020. We wholeheartedly support the call for a National Day of Prayer on 31 May, Pentecost Sunday. Many people of faith have suffered the loss and pain of not being allowed to gather in their respective communities for worship. We know this. Refraining from gathering was seen as a way of religious communities actively choosing to care by temporarily stopping a core practice ­­­– gathering for worship ­– for the common good. We do not need to open churches right now to practise our faith. Prayer, acts of kindness, reading sacred texts and service of neighbour can continue without ...
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PRESS STATEMENT: Postponement: Winter Living Theology and Visiting Scholars

PRESS STATEMENT: Postponement: Winter Living Theology and Visiting Scholars

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA STATEMENT 14 May 2020 (Click here to download)   Postponement: Winter Living Theology and Visiting Scholars It is with deep regret that we write to inform you that Winter Living Theology 2020 (WLT) has to be postponed due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. Fr Carlos Alvarez Mendoza, OP, our guest speaker, who was to talk on Suffering, resistance and hope in an era of violence, can no longer travel to South Africa. We, therefore, have to postpone Winter Living Theology until 2021. He was to travel to South Africa, eSwatini and Gaborone. However, Fr Alvarez has communicated his willingness to come in 2021 should the prevailing conditions change and travel be allowed. By cancelling WLT, we, in turn, will have to cancel bookings made around the country which will result in loss for some of our church-run institutions. This is a sad and harsh reality for us all as we know that many ...
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Institute Connects — February 2021

Institute Connects — February 2021

Staff retreat/workshop: The staff of the Institute began the year with a retreat led by Melissa Van Biljon at the Origins Retreat Centre in the Cradle of Humankind. This was followed by two days reflecting on our work and looking towards the future.    PGT Online: The ...
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Institute Connects — December 2020

Institute Connects — December 2020

The office of the Jesuit Institute will be closed from 15 December 2020 and will reopen on 18 January 2021. We will continue to broadcast the Sunday Masses on our YouTube channel throughout the Christmas season. As the sun sets on 2020, many of us ...
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Institute Connects — November 2020

Institute Connects — November 2020

Institute Connects November 2020 News from the Jesuit Institute Image: Nathi Khumalo Retreat: Matthew Charlesworth SJ gave a retreat to the Kroonstad Clergy at the St John Paul II Centre in Bethlehem from 12-16 October 2020, with Bishop Peter Holiday in attendance. The theme was ...
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