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  • Advent: Dorothy Day and the Holiness of the Mundane | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    November 5 Pedro Arrupe on November 14 and the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador on November 16 I was introduced to Dorothy Day s writing and life while in college at Wheeling Jesuit University Her commitment to justice for the poor her faith her simplicity and her intelligence have been a source of inspiration for many Letting her light shine in such ways afforded her Pope Francis affirmation his recent address to the U S Congress Finding Consolation in the Musings of Dorothy Day For me these days however I find great consolation in her life as a mother and grandmother which I discovered in her musings about daily life on a visit to West Virginia to help her daughter Tamar with her young children in 1948 Here s her description of her normal day Sue is at the age when food goes in her ears her hair all over the floor She will not be fed Fortunately there are the chickens to eat all that she tosses riotously around Becky aged two and a half is neat and tidy in her eating but her toys papers books anything she can lay her hands on is also flung here and there My back aches with constant bending We are trying to buy one of these wonderful dustpans with long handles Lunch next and dishes and hanging up the wash and today to the doctor which meant a bath and all clean clothes for the children Then on the way to town Becky got sick and vomited all over herself and me and the car which means more washing and cleaning She had insisted on helping with the bread baking and eaten large hunks of whole wheat dough apples topped by milk potatoes and baked cabbage for lunch Home just in time for supper and more dishes and bottles and undressings and so on Not to speak of their innumerable rescues from imminent danger all through the day from the time they wake until the time they sleep How to lift the heart to God our first beginning and last end except to say with the soldier about to go into battle Lord I ll have no time to think of Thee but do Thou think of me Of course there is grace at meals a hasty grace what with Sue trying to climb out of her high chair on the table Becky used to fold her hands and look holy at the age of eighteen months but now she does nothing If you invite her participation she says I won t If you catch Sue in a quiet un hungry mood she will be docile and fold her hands But rarely She is usually hungry and when she starts to eat she starts to hum which is thanks too Meditations for women and men these notes should be called jumping as I do from the profane to the sacred over and over But then living in the country with little

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  • Philly: Brotherly Love and Pope Francis
    contradictions as it is of Brotherly Love And the contradiction is clearly visible in the Philadelphia diocese And it is this particular contradiction that poses some of the biggest challenges to me and my wife as we try to raise our daughter in the Church Consider the following examples In recent months the diocese allegedly oversaw the firing of a dedicated school teacher who lives out the values of the Catholic faith because she loves another women all while Pope Francis has remarked who am I to judge regarding such issues Archbishop Chaput has closed schools and churches without community input or pastoral concern yet Pope Francis calls for bishops and priests to have mercy and empathy And most recently Archbishop Chaput is forcing all parents of Catholic school students to sign a loyalty pledge that recognizes the Archbishop as the supreme moral authority but Pope Francis calls on bishops to be servants and shepherds not authoritarian leaders What can we make of such contractions as parents Anna may only be two but she is starting to ask questions And it is only a matter of time until she picks up the nuanced contradictions of a faith that is supposed to be as much acted as it is believed How do we balance the fact that we believe in a faith that does justice a faith that calls on us to center the most marginalized care for the earth and act in solidarity with those who are poor sick and ignored by society and government all while many local priests and bishops spout messages of exclusion and difference Though difficult it is easier to navigate these tensions individually However I am finding it to be much harder to navigate these challenges when raising a child in the faith Kate and I don t quite have an answer yet And I suspect that we will make mistakes along the way But I am finding myself simply reflecting more on what my parents taught us about the Church as kids Everyone had dignity We need to see God in all things both creation and humanity And we are our best selves when we love others regardless of their views their backgrounds or their differences And if we don t treat others or nature with dignity and love we aren t upholding our roles as Christians It seems quite simple and yes much easier said than done But when I think about it this is also at the core of Pope Francis message And perhaps the best way to navigate contradiction is to return to the basics of the faith the radical message of love that holds it together It won t be easy and it certainly will be a challenge Changing a 2 000 year old institution won t happen overnight and it will be full of contradictions along the way But Pope Francis has helped catalyze a change of tone a spark of clarity and hopefully one of action And that

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  • Just Books: Back-to-School Recommendations from Our Just Parenting Bloggers
    cottage to the cold dark alleys where she delivers her quilts to the poor from the elaborate chambers of the king s palace to the ends of the earth where his possessions are eventually scattered and shared Though the text is aimed at elementary students my pre schoolers love it with or without words I have seen this book bring high school university and graduate students to tears As Pope Francis brings our attention back to the poor and offers some healthy critique of consumerism this book is a timely reminder of the emptiness of greed and the healing powers of generosity community and art Old Turtle by Douglas Wood recommendation by Emily Davis Nearly six years ago when I was pregnant with my first child a dear friend presented me with a children s book that would soon become a family favorite Old Turtle by Douglas Wood Old Turtle is a parable about discerning God s presence in the world around us and how our actions can have dramatic effects on our earthly home Old Turtle the title character emerges as both prophet and wisdom figure As the animals rocks trees and rivers quibble over who God is and isn t she halts their argument and assures them that God is all of the things they imagine and much more She predicts the arrival of human beings created in God s image and possessed of the power to do both incredible good and devastating harm Indeed the humans alter the landscape so significantly that the elements of creation once divided over God s role in the world come to understand that God can be found everywhere And as creation cries out in solidarity to a God in and among all things the humans listen and are able to see God in the earth and in one another Old Turtle is especially resonant for me following the release of Laudato Si as another way to engage my children in a discussion about environmental justice and stewardship This along with the book s rich imagery and depictions of God makes it a book our family will cherish for years to come Sit In How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney written by Anthony Giancatarino One of my favorite social justice book to read to my daughter Anna is Sit In How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down The illustrations are beautiful full of color texture and emotion And the words bounce with a natural poetic flow The captivating book sparks ohhhs ahhs and pointing But more than the book s vivid nature the story is told in truth Unlike many children s books that highlight the stories of Civil Rights leaders this one doesn t shy away from the grim societal ugliness of racism and hate It confronts it head on I suspect as Anna enters her toddler and elementary years this will create more questions and even confusion Given that Anna is growing up

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  • Social Justice Book Recommendations Archives | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    Encyclical on Ecology ISN Priority Issues Immigration U S Policy Toward Central America Environmental Justice Criminal and Juvenile Justice Additional Resource Topics Racial Justice Fair Trade Human Trafficking Capital Punishment Socially Responsible Investing War and Peace Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador Jesuit Martyrs of the 21st Century Pope Francis Jesuit Social Justice Blessed Oscar Romero Churchwomen of El Salvador Faith and Justice Quotes Additional Organizing and Education Resources DONATE Search Archive for category Social Justice Book Recommendations You are here Home Just Parenting Social Justice Book Recommendations Just Parenting Social Justice Book Recommendations Just Books Back to School Recommendations from Our Just Parenting Bloggers 0 Comments August 23 2015 Just Books Anthony Giancatarino recommends How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down illustrating overcoming injustice is possible especially when we act together http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2015 08 socialjusticebooks jpg 800 800 Guest Blogger http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png Guest Blogger 2015 08 23 07 56 03 2015 08 23 08 04 50 Just Books Back to School Recommendations from Our Just Parenting Bloggers Receive ISN Updates Action Alerts Email Address First Name Issue Interests Environmental Justice Fair Trade Immigration Domestic Poverty Worker Rights Human Rights in Latin America From the ISN Blogs Nicaragua The Irony of Electric Trees April 19 2016 11 58 am DACA DAPA I stand with my brothers and sisters who are undocumented today April 18 2016 10 42 am Pope Francis In the Service of Solidarity With Refugees April 16 2016 9 14 am We are all American April 8 2016 9 25 am News from the Network Jesuit Social Ministry Leaders from Across Americas Gather in Dominican Republic April 21 2016 6 13 pm University of Scranton Living Wage Study Reveals Lingering Income Job

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  • Laudato Si': Do You Invite Your Children Into Encounter With God’s Creation? | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    much good Anyone who has grown up in the hills or used to sit by the spring to drink or played outdoors in the neighborhood square going back to these places is a chance to recover something of their true selves Pope Francis Laudato Si Paragraph 84 One of my particular places is a small log cabin in the heart of the Rocky Mountains As a child I watched my dad and uncles build it by hand in the shadow of pine trees minutes from the Continental Divide Sitting on that cabin porch this week during sunset noticing the beautiful Indian Paintbrush flowers and white tail deer I revisited memories of childhood exploration contemplation and discovery Indeed I recovered something of my true self Meanwhile my son roamed our land digging for rocks that would become gifts and sticks that would become archery bows My daughter hopped between boulders and hid within a young aspen grove her fantasy world expanding with each step We were all feeling a caress of God but in very different ways Beauty abounds in the mountains of Montana Of course part of being a just parent is teaching my children about the ecological crisis and ways we are called by our faith as articulated so well by Pope Francis to respond When we go to Glacier Park next week I will explain to my children what a glacier is and why in one of the most visually shocking examples of global warming those ancient glaciers are disappearing But in the meantime if I want my children to respect and protect creation first they deserve to have encounters with it that provoke wonder and awe freedom and delight Such caresses nurture connection to the earth and to each other And while sharing my sacred placed I need to trust that their landscapes both interior and exterior are different from mine Their lives have more highways and screens but no less meaning or magic And whether through city parks or mountain peaks sand or snow God s boundless affection speaks to them in myriad ways Our sense of self is tied into a sense of place What are your particular places in the natural world where you recover your true self How do you invite your children into encounter with God s creation If you have read Laudato Si which passage s spoke to you If you have not read it what are you waiting for What new places have you explored this summer If you haven t been out in nature yet this summer what are you waiting for Facebook 109 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Twitter 109 Tags climate change environment Just Parenting Papal Encyclical http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2015 08 FullSizeRender 1 jpg 320 226 Michael Downs http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png Michael Downs 2015 08 05 22 00 28 2015 08 06 16 31 01 Laudato Si Do You Invite Your Children Into Encounter

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  • ISN Blogs | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    2015 07 09 11 21 20 2015 07 09 11 21 20 Jesuit Higher Education Global Collaborations Jesuit Higher Education Melbourne Voices for Justice Jesuit Education Transforming Thinking Transform the World 0 Comments July 8 2015 Read more http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2015 07 Screen Shot 2015 07 08 at 11 31 03 PM png 519 519 Pedro Walpole S J http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png Pedro Walpole S J 2015 07 08 23 37 17 2015 07 08 23 39 01 Jesuit Education Transforming Thinking Transform the World Jesuit Higher Education Melbourne Voices for Justice Jesuit Higher Education Better Leveraging Resources in Service of the Marginalized 0 Comments July 8 2015 Read more http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2015 07 Screen Shot 2015 07 08 at 10 58 16 PM 1 png 381 388 Nancy Tuchman Ph D http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png Nancy Tuchman Ph D 2015 07 08 23 08 37 2015 07 08 23 11 06 Jesuit Higher Education Better Leveraging Resources in Service of the Marginalized Central America Immigration Voices for Justice AMIREDIS Witnesses to the Root Causes of Migration 0 Comments July 7 2015 Read more http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2015 07 amiredis png 409 675 Guest Blogger http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png Guest Blogger 2015 07 07 14 57 26 2015 07 07 16 38 19 AMIREDIS Witnesses to the Root Causes of Migration Immigration Jesuit Volunteer Reflects Voices for Justice Who Deserves to Immigrate 0 Comments June 30 2015 Read more http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2015 06 No Vale La Pena jpg 852 852 Guest Blogger http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png Guest Blogger 2015 06 30 16 38 13 2015 06 30 16 38 13 Who Deserves to Immigrate Page 12 of 74 10 11 12 13 14 SOLIDARITY STORIES JUST PARENTING Homepage Just Parenting How Do We Choose 0 Comments October 12 2012 Read more http s3 amazonaws com media ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2012 10 question1 jpg 380 289 Carrie Nantais http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png Carrie Nantais 2012 10 12 12 34 38 2013 06 12 13 10 21 How Do We Choose Homepage Just Parenting Love Poured Forth Lavishly 4 Comments October 4 2012 Read more http s3 amazonaws com media ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2012 10 love one another jpg 3955 2830 Karon Latham http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png Karon Latham 2012 10 04 15 17 07 2013 06 12 13 10 46 Love Poured Forth Lavishly Homepage Just Parenting Be Open 0 Comments September 26 2012 Read more http s3 amazonaws com media ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2012 09 healing touch of jesus jpg 320 320 Carrie Nantais

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    Just Parenting Blog Justice Faith and Parenting Voices for Justice Blog Solidarity Stories Blog News from the Ignatian Network Institutional Connections University Faculty Staff High School Faculty Staff Parish Member Parish Staff Current Jesuit Volunteer or FJV Ignatian Volunteer Corps Member Jesuit High School Student Graduation Year Jesuit High School Graduate Graduation Year Jesuit College or University Student Graduation Year Jesuit College or University Graduate Graduation Year Non Jesuit High School Student Graduation Year Non Jesuit College or University Graduate Graduation Year Previous Next 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 OUR MISSION VISION ABOUT THE IGNATIAN SOLIDARITY NETWORK The Ignatian Solidarity Network ISN is a national social justice education and advocacy organization inspired by the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola ISN was founded in 2004 and is a lay led 501 c 3 organization working in partnership with Jesuit universities high schools and parishes along with many other Catholic institutions and social justice partners MISSION The Ignatian Solidarity Network promotes leadership and advocacy among students alumni and other emerging leaders from Jesuit schools parishes and ministries by educating its members on social justice issues by mobilizing a national network to address those issues and by encouraging a life long commitment to the service of faith and the promotion of justice VISION Grounded in the spiritual vision of St Ignatius of Loyola and committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ in which faith and justice are undivided Pedro Arrupe S J the Ignatian Solidarity Network ISN unites Jesuit institutions and the broader Ignatian family for a transformative experience of solidarity Inspired by the witness of the Salvadoran martyrs ISN is committed to serving the next generation of leaders who will shape the church s work for faith justice ISN strives to create a community of empowered individuals and institutions

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  • About the Ignatian Solidarity Network
    Resources DONATE Search The Ignatian Solidarity Network ISN is a national social justice education and advocacy network inspired by the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola ISN was founded in 2004 and is a lay led 501 c 3 organization working in partnership with Jesuit universities high schools and parishes along with many other Catholic institutions and social justice partners en español Previous Next 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 View Annual Report Join Our Mailing List Support Our Work Mission The Ignatian Solidarity Network promotes leadership and advocacy among students alumni and other emerging leaders from Jesuit schools parishes and ministries by educating its members on social justice issues by mobilizing a national network to address those issues and by encouraging a life long commitment to the service of faith and the promotion of justice Vision Grounded in the spiritual vision of St Ignatius of Loyola and committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ in which faith and justice are undivided Pedro Arrupe S J the Ignatian Solidarity Network ISN unites Jesuit institutions and the broader Ignatian family for a transformative experience of solidarity Inspired by the witness of the Salvadoran martyrs ISN is committed to serving the next generation of leaders who will shape the church s work for faith justice ISN strives to create a community of empowered individuals and institutions rooted in Christian faith committed to Gospel justice and united in a common purpose Logo Often referred to as The Tent the ISN logo expresses the importance of solidarity and unity among the Ignatian family and its affiliates Further it symbolizes the ever welcoming home to all who continue to dialogue and to seek positive change as an extension of one s deeper desire to more fully live a faith that does justice

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