Day 26 of #31DaysWithIgnatius

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I’ve been thinking about the #youth of the world; and of the Church. I love the presence of the #HolySpirit at work in the vivacity and exuberance youthfulness. 💪

But there is also the presence of the bad spirit; of evil and sin. I find myself devastated, but in honesty, horrifyingly not surprised that today’s #headlines were about #abuse of youth, while locked up in a #NT centre. It’s confronting and depressing but deliberately so, juxtaposed with the #hope of #Day25of31withIggy.

Where is the light? Where is #mercy? How can we be lights in the darkness; how can we be agents of mercy in our world?
#31dayswithIgnatius #news #abcnews #australia #beMagis #bemorehuman#compassion #honest

In celebration of Ignatian Spirituality, and to mark the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola (31 July), I have taken on the challenge of posting a picture a day that speaks to me of the lessons learned from all things ‘Ignatian’; including ‘finding God in all things.’ Here it is, as posted on Instagram (@fcjAustralia).

Day 24 of #31dayswithIgnatius

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#Day24of31withIggy: A news headline from #TheSun paper, dated #1945, found today while browsing through antiques.
It struck me because while it marked a #historical time, I cannot help but think of the recent happenings around the #world, especially in #Europe.

God, we ask for your love to fill the minds and hearts of those who inflict #hurt. May #compassion and #peace win over.
#31dayswithIgnatius #history #ww2 #worldwartwo #wwii #humanity #humans #currentaffairs #news #media #vintage #Antique #paper #press #history #historical #prayer

In celebration of Ignatian Spirituality, and to mark the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola (31 July), I have taken on the challenge of posting a picture a day that speaks to me of the lessons learned from all things ‘Ignatian’; including ‘finding God in all things.’ Here it is, as posted on Instagram (@fcjAustralia).

Rejoice & Be Glad! (Prayer to Launch the Year of Consecrated Life) #YCL2015 #YCLAUS

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We are very happy to inform you that the Mission & Identity Team has prepared a pamphlet for prayer to launch the Year of Consecrated Life.

You can download a copy of it here, from Catholic Religious Australia. If you wish to have a higher-resolution file to print out, please send us an email: missionandidentity@fcjasau.org.au

Follow us on Twitter @walkwithyoufcj and use the hash tag #YCL2015 or #YCLAUS.

Update: Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life #YCL2015

Greetings, salutations and apologies for not having written anything in far too long.

My excuse is that we have been busy behind-the-scenes, preparing for the Year of Consecrated Life, which begins on 30 Nov 2014.

And for that we are very excited and joyful because…

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Please join us in prayer, support and kind works for religious vocation. And please stay tuned for more updates!

Thank you for your patience and ongoing companionship!

Geralyn
(on behalf of the Mission and Identity Team)

So, did you hear the one about the Jesuit from Myanmar?

Well there really isn’t a joke here, despite the opening line…But what we do have is cause for celebration – the ordination of the Fr Wilbert Mireh SJ, Myanmar’s first Jesuit priest. The ‘firsts’ of things are always exciting, uplifting and inspiring.

In the spirit of community therefore, I’d like to share with you, something about the Faithful Companions of Jesus Sisters in Myanmar.

There is a community of FCJ Sisters in Yangon, Myanmar, the Province of Asia-Australia’s youngest mission. It is a vastly different context from that of Australia, with the majority of its population being Buddhist. Myanmar is also one of South-east Asia’s poorest countries, having seen political, social and economical upheaval. However through education, support groups and leadership formation, Srs Agnes, Sisca and Marion FCJ live and work with the people for a better world:

We also continue to support educational and development needs in poor areas in central Myanmar by providing educational resources, toilets, and wells to schools and villages.

Hospitality is an important part of our community ministry. We welcome many people to our community each year. Some come to join us for prayer and a meal, others for short stays of a few days and some for a month.

Our community is greatly enriched by all. | Sr Marion FCJ

To read more about the FCJ mission in Myanmar, you can visit the Society’s web site. Congratulations to Fr Mireh and continual gratitude to the FCJ community in Yangon for their lives of dedication, service and love, for God’s greater glory!