Thinking Faith, online journal of the Jesuits in Britain

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Connecting faith with the life of our times

In the words of one of Thinking Faith’s readers, who recently wrote to express her appreciation of the Jesuits in Britain’s online journal: ‘The writers are able to connect the Church’s faith with the life of our times.’

This is exactly what Thinking Faith seeks to do. One of the pillars of the spirituality of Ignatius of Loyola is to ‘find God in all things’, and we take ‘all things’ to mean just that, which means that our view of the life of our times is all-encompassing. We have published articles about everyone from Pope Francis to Elton John, Shakespeare to Harry Potter; and we’ve covered plenty of important topics – the financial and migration crises, for example, or education – on which a faith-based journal can offer a unique and illuminating perspective.

Our perspective is shaped by the presence of Christ at the centre of all that we publish, because we want to help our readers to keep Him at the centre of their lives. In the digital age, where all kinds of distractions, opinions and advertisements are available at the click of a mouse or the touch of a screen, it’s all too easy for the message of the gospel to get diluted or even lost. And that is why it is so important for us to be present in that digital sphere and always offer a gospel-inspired way of seeing the world. Ignatius was alive to the cultural changes of his time and oriented the Society of Jesus to meet the challenges of the age using all of the media at its disposal, and that mission is ongoing.

Thinking Faith wants to help its readers to recognise the abiding presence of the love of Christ in their lives, and to see the world and live according to that love. And just as we are attentive to all things, we hope to speak to all people, no matter how far along the road to Christ they find themselves. ‘Thinking Faith has certainly helped this former Catholic to think again,’ said another one of our readers. ‘Whether or not this leads to faith, I am grateful for your ministry.’

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“O my God, teach my heart where and how to seek you, where and how to find you.”

(St Anselm of Canterbury)

Frances Murphy


Frances Murphy, Editor Thinking Faith

Frances has been working on Thinking Faith since it started in 2008, first as Assistant Editor, and now as Editor. Since 2008, Thinking Faith has been publishing articles that offer a faith-based perspective on contemporary issues and resources about the Catholic tradition. Explore our website to find articles and reviews which will help you think about your faith and think, through your faith, about the world.


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