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As the days move into springtime, there is the familiar joy of seeing new peach blossoms on the trees and the heady smell of white Jasmine as we await the lilac wisteria. The warmth of the sunlight and the lighter early mornings lift our spirits as we begin to emerge ...
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“Find your hope, then, on the ground under your feet.Your hope of Heaven, let it rest on the ground underfoot.The world is no better than its places. Its places at lastare no better than their people while their peoplecontinue in them”. Extract from: A poem on hope by Wendell Berry ...
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This Women's Month two situations scream out for attention: the risk to women's rights as the Taliban take control of Afghanistan and the alarming teenage pregnancy rates in South Africa. As the United States withdrew its troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban, an extremist Islamic group, quickly took control. The previous ...
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Mark 8:28.29 Monday, 13 September 2021 Mark 8:27-35 “Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34) To Jesus’ question, “Who do the people say I am?” the disciples reply that some think Jesus is John the Baptist or Elijah or one of the prophets. Jesus’ closest followers, ...
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Mark 7:36-37 Friday, 10 September 2021 Mark 7:31-37 In Jesus' time, being deaf and not speaking clearly was seen as a punishment or as being possessed by demons. Jesus, touching and healing this man, shows his ability to forgive sins and his power to overcome demons. So why would Jesus ...
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Mark 7:33 Wednesday, 8 September 2021 Mark 7:31-37 Jesus took the man aside, away from his friends and the people gathered there. Why? Did Jesus want time to talk to the man alone, to pray with him and for him, to give the man his full attention so that he ...
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Join Fr Peter Knox SJ as he reflects on the readings for the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time. Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts. Isaiah 35:4-7; Psalm 146:6-10; James 2:1-5; Matthew 4:23; Mark 7:31-37 Download the text of ...
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Join Fr Ricardo da Silva SJ as he reflects on the readings for the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time. Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts. Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-8; Psalm 15:2-5; James 1:17-18,21-22,27; John 6:63,68; Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23 Download the text ...
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Join Fr Grant Tungay SJ as he reflects on the readings for the 21th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts. Joshua 24:1-2,15-18; Psalm 34:2-3,16-23; Ephesians 5:25-32; John 6:63,68; John 6:60-69 Download the text of ...
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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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