Saints and seasons

On the doorstep of London’s Olympic Village, a new Jesuit centre is seeking to reach out to the residents of London’s most deprived borough. The Hurtado Jesuit Centre is named after a Chilean Jesuit saint who was canonised in 2005 and whose feast we celebrate on 18 August. Who was Alberto Hurtado and, sixty years after his death, how is his passion for justice being lived out in East London? Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga was born in January 1901, the first son of well-to-do parents. Within five...
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. ‘They were both apostles of Christ who sacrificed their lives to the same persecution, but their origins, personalities and achievements remind us that we live with diversity as well as uniformity in the Church of Christ.’ Peter Edmonds SJ describes how God’s grace worked differently in the lives of these two saints, neither of whom had straightforward paths to holiness. 29 June is the day set apart in the Catholic world for the...
From 'Scenes from the Life of Christ: Ascension' by Mariotto di Nardo
The Feast of the Ascension strikes many Christians as the poor relative of the two rather bigger celebrations which top and tail the long and joyful season of Eastertide: Easter itself, and Pentecost. But Damian Howard SJ ascribes to this feast the utmost significance. What are we to make of the story of Jesus being taken up into a cloud, an episode that not only sounds like mythology but also violates our modern sense of space? In between our celebrations of the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter...

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