Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
28 October 2007
Also of note are some pumpkin creations of the Loyola House community. Note especially St. Ignatius Loyola the pumpkin featuring in the middle of the line-up.
Yesterday I was at a meeting of Detroit area Jesuits to brainstorm the kind of man the Society needs for its new leader and what direction is needed for the future. The meeting brought up a variety of viewpoints and concerns. What impressed me was not the specific ideas but what I perceived as the source of those ideas--love of God and His Church. Despite the many difficulties the Society of Jesus will face in the coming years, if we hold close to God and His Church we'll be okay.
23 October 2007
Beauty begets beauty. The guests of the Warming Center have precious little beauty in their lives. Apart from well maintained public parks, which Detroit has few of, the homeless find themselves in dreary places. They receive what they need to remain alive from various agency, but I fear they lack something required to really live, access to the beautiful. The darknesses of their lives must be brightened by more than just material assistance. The means to stay alive does not make life worth living. Darkness can only be dispelled by light, the light that makes life worth living, the light of the beautiful. AMDG
14 October 2007
The Two Tables
There are two tables in downtown
The second table was filled with some stew, a few pieces of bread, and soft drinks. Around the table sat men of less certain prospects. Some lived on the street, some in shelters. Most were in the grips of addiction. None had the luxury of a secure position in society or a comfortable savings to fall back on. They were dressed in odd assortments of clothing, some clean, some dirty, and mostly ill-fitting.
On first glance, the two tables appeared very different. Yet as I reflect on my time at the
In my few months at the
01 October 2007
For the next few days the center will be quiet while the normal guests are "living it up." Some stay in a hotel for a few days or buy food. For most unfortunately the money goes to support their addictions and is consumed in very short order. I'm awed by the power of addiction over these people's lives.