Weekly Reflection from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute Week of 23 January 2017

by Anthony Egan SJ

“The task is not to turn the world upside down but in a given place to do what, from the perspective of reality, is necessary objectively and to really carry it out. ”  – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

For the great German theologian and member of the anti-Nazi resistance Dietrich Bonhoeffer, ethics was above all about asking the question: “What does God want me to do TODAY, NOW, in this context?” Any moral action we do must be informed by prayer, by discerning what is needed and then acting as best we can upon this conviction. Part of this discerning must also include a self-examination – am I fooling myself; am I doing this for God or for my own benefit? It is so easy to confuse my own self-interest with God’s will.

Loving God,

guide me today to follow your call to goodness in my life.

Help me to see what must be done and give me the strength to do it.


Fr Anthony Egan SJ

Fr Anthony Egan SJ (born Cape Town 1966; entered the Jesuits 1990; ordained 2002) has taught, full-time or part-time, at St Augustine College of South Africa, St John Vianney Seminary, Fordham University (on sabbatical) and the University of the Witwatersrand. The author/co-author of a number of books, book chapters, academic and popular articles, he is a correspondent for America magazine, a contributor to Worldwide and writes for spotlight.africa. He is also a commentator on local and international radio and television. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Helen Suzman Foundation. Extramural interests include Science Fiction, Theatre, Art and creative writing, including poetry.

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