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“Pain is God’s microphone to a deaf world,” wrote C.S. Lewis. It seems that we often hear God’s voice in things that are painful to us rather than in things that bring joy and happiness. I often ponder why. It is not as if God is not speaking to us ...
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Sixty years ago another Catholic, John F Kennedy, was installed as President of the United States. The first, in fact. The first Catholic to run, Democrat Al Smith, lost the 1928 election to Republican Herbert Hoover. Part of this was due to deep-seated anti-Catholic prejudice, rooted in a fear that ...
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After almost a year, it actually happened. Despite all the precautions I’d taken, my rapid acclimatisation to the ‘new normal’ – working from home, a complete curtailment of my usual tendency towards physical affection, not leaving the house unless absolutely necessary – I caught Covid. Maybe I couldn’t handle the ...
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“Is it true that they seek me day after day, longing to know my ways? ... on your fast days you do not lose anything.”
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Deuteronomy 30:19 Thursday, 18 February 2021 Deuteronomy 30:15-20 The power of choice. That is what the Scriptures invite us to reflect upon today. Moses tells the people that their choices end in life or death. He tells them that if they choose right they – and those around them – ...
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Matthew 6:17-18 Ash Wednesday, 17 February 2021 Matthew 6:1-6,16-18 Today is Ash Wednesday, the day when whole Christian Church enters into the Season of Lent, the forty-day preparation for the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday. Ritually, the beginning of Lent will be different this year. Many parishes ...
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Mark 1:41 Tuesday, 16 February 2021 Mark 1:40-45 Leprosy was a terrible affliction in the Ancient Near East. Lepers suffered not only from the actual physical disease but from being ostracised from the community. They were forced to exist outside the community, separated from family and friends, deprived of the ...
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Join Fr Anthony Egan SJ as he reflects on the readings for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.Job 7:1-4,6-7; Psalm 147:1-6; 1 Corinthians 9:16-19,22-23; Matthew 8:17; Mark 1:29-39 If ...
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Join Fr Bruce Botha SJ as he reflects on the readings for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 95:1-9; 1 Corinthians 7:32-35; Matthew 4:16; Mark 1:21-28 If ...
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Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.Jonah 3:1-5,10; Psalm 25:4-9; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:15; Mark 1:14-20 If ...
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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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Suspension/Cancellation of Activities in the wake of COVID-19

Suspension/Cancellation of Activities in the wake of COVID-19

STATEMENT FROM THE JESUIT INSTITUTE Re: Suspension/Cancellation of Activities in the wake of COVID-19 [Download this Statement in PDF] Given the prevailing uncertain and rapidly changing global situation and taking into account the measures announced by the South African president on 15 March 2020, the Jesuit Institute South Africa has decided to take the following precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures are for ALL involved in Jesuit Institute activities and are in effect immediately: All Jesuit Institute public events will be suspended/cancelled until the 15 May 2020 after which we will re-assess the situation and decide on the way forward. This includes: Hearts on Fire in Alexander The Week of Guided Prayer in Bryanston Supervision of Spiritual Directors Supervision Training Roundtable on gender-based violence The Easter Triduum Retreat Tsoseletsa at St Pius, Soweto Prayer Guide Training in the East Days of Prayer/Reflection All meetings for course preparation ...
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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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Tuesday, 1st Week of Lent: The Jesuit Institute offers a short daily thought based on the Sunday's Gospel for the weekdays of Lent.

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The Jesuit Institute offers a short daily thought based on the Sunday's Gospel for the weekdays of Lent

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Join us for an Ash Wednesday Mass at 12h30. Presider and preacher is Fr Russell Pollitt SJ.

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Dear Friends. Attached is a service you can use at home for Ash Wednesday if you cannot get to Church. Ash Wednesday is not a day of obligation. It marks the beginning of the Sacred Season of Lent.

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