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Lenten Reflections III

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There will be no Lenten Reflection in Loyola Hall’s Great Room this Thursday, March 26, at 1:00 p.m. Instead, Margaret McCarthy, PhD, professor of graduate education and leadership, offers a brief reflection on Jesus’ Raising of Lazarus, the Gospel reading for this Sunday, March 29, the fifth Sunday of Lent.  The Gospel text is found by clicking here.

Dr. McCarthy’s reflection follows:

The resurrection of Lazarus is a familiar story in John 11: 1-45.  We can all identify with the deep heartache of Mary and Martha. Perhaps, when we have lost a loved one, we have wondered where Christ was and lamented, “If only He had been there…”

Today, as we consider this familiar Gospel story, we stand in the path of a catastrophic pandemic. In the weeks ahead, we may again wonder, “Where is God in this? If only Christ was here now.” Christ is here now, and He will be with us in the weeks and months ahead. He can be nowhere else because he is in you. You carry Christ in your heart, in your mind, and in your hands. Even as we isolate, be alive with Christ. It is fitting that we are in the midst of Lent. During this season with Christ, our time in isolation can be a period to reflect, to make amends, to forgive, to make peace with ourselves, and to reach out in kindness to others.

Take consolation in this: Wherever you are, there, too, is Christ. He is with you always.

Next Wednesday, April 1, Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology, will provide another Lenten reflection.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

Examen for Life During COVID-19

The Office of Mission & Identity invites you to practice the Examen during this time of transition. The Ignatian Examen is a way to reflect on your day and notice the consolations and desolations you experience.

Susan Haarmen, associate director of the Center for Experiential Learning at Loyola Chicago, has written an Examen for Life focused on our time of change during COVID-19. The Ignatian Solidarity Network has this Examen available in several languages and can be read by clicking here.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity


Mission & Identity Reading Group

The Mission & Identity Reading Group will not meet today, Wednesday, March 25 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the Loyola Hall Great Room.

If you wish to consider the materials that would have been discussed, this month’s topic is “Discernment: Ecclesial and Ignatian.”   The group would have watched a brief YouTube video by John Dardis, SJ,  Discernment in the everyday,”  and read an article by Nicholas Austin from The Way,  58/4 (October 2019), 7-16, entitled, Discernment as a Work of the Church.”  Click here to watch the video.  Please send an Email message to Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, at, if you want access to the article.

There will be no further Reading Group meetings during this academic year.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, Jesuit associate, Mission & Identity

Canisius Colleagues Program Welcomes Students from St. Monica’s

The Canisius Colleagues Program (CCP), a year-long formation experience in Ignatian pedagogy and spirituality, welcomed three students from St. Monica’s, the all-girls Nativity Miguel School on the East Side of Buffalo earlier this month.

Blessing, Martha and Kalani, all 8th grade girls, taught the March CCP gathering about their school, their hopes, their challenges, and gave their advice to what those of us at Canisius College could do to become better educators. The students were accompanied by Nativity Miguel President Nancy Langer and invited to lead the CCP in a discussion about Universal Apostolic Preference (UAP) #3: Accompany young people in the creation of a hope-filled future.

CCP participants were honored to listen to the wisdom of the three women. The four UAPs will be the lens that will direct the Society of Jesus for the next 10 years. They were approved by Pope Francis in 2018.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity