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Sat 19

8-Day Retreat

Tue, 15th Oct @ 8:00 AM - Thu, 24th Oct @ 5:00 PM
Tue 22

Hearts On Fire

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Thu 24

Quiet Day

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Tue 29

Hearts On Fire

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Thu 31

Spiritual Directors’ Training (Module 8)

Thu, 31st Oct @ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Nov 05

Hearts On Fire

Tue, 5th Nov @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Nov 10

Week of Guided Prayer (Pinetown, Durban)

Sun, 10th Nov @ 8:00 AM - Sat, 16th Nov @ 5:00 PM


What’s new Amazonia?

A thought struck me while I was sitting through Holy Mass last Sunday. What if Christianity was as obsessed about social justice as it seems to be about sexual morality? It is probably best to state it upfront: I am not asking the Church to be indifferent to sexual morality ...
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Recently I saw a news report that several churches in the Los Angeles area have declared themselves sanctuaries for migrant families. As anti-immigrant government policies have increased, they have accepted the challenge of the message of Christ and are welcoming refugees and migrants with open arms. As we commemorate refugees ...
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I’d like to introduce to you a woman with powerful wisdom for our time. You may not have heard much about her even though she is a saint. She is one of only four women doctors of the Church – alongside Thérèse of Lisieux, Teresa of Avila, and Catherine of ...
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I constantly urge young people not to let themselves be robbed of hope; to each of them I repeat: “Let no one despise your youth” (1 Tim 4:12).

Let us draw upon some of the richness of the sacred Scriptures, since they often speak of young people and of how the Lord draws near to encounter them. In an age when young people were not highly regarded, some texts show that God sees them differently. Joseph, for example, ...
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Christ is alive! He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world, and everything he touches becomes young, new, full of life. The very first words, then, that I would like to say to every young Christian are these: Christ is alive and he ...
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An essential condition for progress in discernment is a growing understanding of God’s patience and his timetable, which are never our own. God does not pour down fire upon those who are unfaithful (cf. Lk 9:54), or allow the zealous to uproot the tares growing among the wheat (cf. Mt ...
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Sunday Reflections

LISTEN: Reflection for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time — Year C

Today’s readings are very rich. They encourage us to wait actively and trustingly for the vision God has for our time to be fulfilled. We are urged to use and develop the gifts God has given us to the full. God loves us beyond our wildest imagination and calls us ...
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As we look at the state of our country today, we realise that a lot has gone wrong. We are ruled by greed. Those in positions of power often violate that power by taking from the poor and marginalised to fill their own pockets. They rob our grandparents and the ...
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Today’s readings challenge us to look more deeply at our relationship with money. The words of the prophet Amos speak powerfully into the massive disparity of wealth in our South African society while Luke helps us to see that we cannot be the slave of both God and money. Luke ...
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Statements from the Jesuit Institute

From time to time the Jesuit Institute releases press statements remarking on the pressing issues that affect South Africa.

The Institute also publishes spotlight.africa which publishes news from around Southern Africa from a Catholic Social Teaching perspective.

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Institute Connects October 2019

Institute Connects October 2019

Institute Connects October 2019 News from the Jesuit Institute Contemplative Living: Fr Laurence Freeman OSB from the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) visited South Africa from 5 – 15 September 2019. He gave talks and introduced Christian meditation to over 800 people, including teachers, learners and public ...
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Institute Connects September 2019

Institute Connects September 2019

Institute Connects September 2019 News from the Jesuit Institute Meeting, conference and golden jubilee: The Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network for Africa (JENA) met at Lumko Conference Centre in Benoni from 6 - 9 August 2019. The JENA annual meeting took place on the first ...
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Russell Pollitt SJ, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Annemarie Paulin-Campbell, Puleng Matsaneng, Michelle Pilet during Ignatian Day 2019.

Institute Connects August 2019

Institute Connects August 2019 News from the Jesuit Institute Ignatian Day 2019 — Johannesburg: The Jesuit Institute Ignatian Day in Gauteng took place on the 3 August 2019 with well over 100 people attending. Archbishop Thabo Makgoba spoke on the topic: ‘Ignatian Spirituality — Finding ...
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