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Photos from Abroad

June 23, 2015 — 2 Comments

Earlier today I went out with a group to hike the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. The scenery made me think a bit about the places that I have been over the last five years. It occurred to me to make a quick post that goes through the favorite landscape photo I’ve taken from some of the countries I’ve visited:

Spain:

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Italy:

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(In Cinque Terre, Italy, While Visiting a Friend)

Guatemala:

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(Near Chiantla, Guatemala, While Hanging from a Tree over a Waterfall)

Canada:

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(Niagara Falls, Canada, While on a Fall Break Trip with a Friend)

Lithuania:

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(Vilnius, Lithuania, While Visiting the Land of My Last Name’s Origin)

United Kingdom:

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(Lake District, Great Britain, While on a Break Trip)

Honduras:

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(Near La Ceiba, Honduras, While Visiting a Mountain Family)

Best wishes,

David J.W. Inczauskis, n.S.J.

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“Take care never to close your heart to anyone” (St. Peter Favre, S.J.).

(Photo of Los Angeles from Loyola Marymount University)

Los Angeles was the location of the 2015 meeting of all the U.S. and Canadian Jesuits who are being formed for the Catholic brotherhood or priesthood. We gathered as more than 300 men dedicated to the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in order to imitate Christ, who Himself was poor, chaste, and obedient to His Father in heaven. The topic of conversation was “Global Mission in a Digital Age.” Jesuits have always been at the forefront of the technological wave (from use of the printing press to the development of the Big Bang Theory), so we considered how to maintain our tradition in the epoch of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Big Data, and beyond. We heard and responded to presentations about social media, television, blogging, and written modes of communication. As a result of this meeting, I am feeling very confident about our capability to use technology in a Jesuit way, which is, namely, for the greater glory of God.

One of our most prominent efforts at cultural and technological engagement is The Jesuit Post (https://thejesuitpost.org/). This site combines essays, blogs, and short articles that relate to the trends of our day. We are also really proud of America Media (http://americamagazine.org/), which provides high-quality commentary on the Church and the world.

In the end our goal relates to St. Peter Favre’s quote above, “Take care never to close your heart to anyone.” We, as Jesuits, want to engage all aspects of reality, for whatever is human is Christian. God, after all, has taken a human form! Currently, this outlook on the world means that we want to be part of new media to reach new audiences. We are not closed off to digital encounters and relationships but rather affirm them as meaningful opportunities for dialogue and for information gathering. As long as people use new media, we will be there alongside them.

Now, those of us who are in our first two years of study have moved on to Denver for a month of classes and conversation on the history of our organization. Our time in Denver will bring us together to reflect on how an understanding of our storied past can propel us into the future with both identity and creativity.

Best wishes,

David J.W. Inczauskis, n.S.J.

A Summer of Travel

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(Queen of All Saints Basilica in Chicago Just Before the Jesuit Ordinations of 2015)

The spring semester at the Jesuit novitiate was full of travel. We started with a 30-day silent retreat in Canada, returned to Canada for volunteer service at L’Arche Daybreak in Ontario, and hit the road for a 30-day pilgrimage, which for me took place largely in Idaho and Utah.

The summer is no different. First, we traveled to Mundelein, IL, for an 8-day silent retreat. Now, we are in Chicago for ordinations and for a conference with all of the Jesuits in the Midwest. Tomorrow, we leave for Los Angeles for a gathering of all Jesuits in formation from the U.S. and Canada. Following that event, we go to Colorado to learn about the history of the Jesuits.

Despite the dizziness of the movement from place to place, I feel surprisingly at peace in Christ. After all, it has been said that a Jesuits’ home is the road. The most notable recent experience was a prayer workshop that some of us novices gave at a parish in the Little Village neighborhood in Chicago. I presented on the topic of finding God in all things. In both the beauties and the sufferings of life, Christ is there, for he is the Author of beauty and the Redeemer of pain. People seemed to respond really well to the content of our presentations, and many of the comments that the audience offered after the talks bolstered my faith, as well.

Anyways, if I am true to myself, I’ll seek God in the travels of the summer, finding Him in airport, in packing, in the smog of LA, and in the mountain air of Colorado.

May God bless you abundantly!

Best wishes.

David J.W. Inczauskis, n.S.J.