Who was Jesus? A prophet? There have been many of those. A miracle-worker? A radical revolutionary? wise teacher? There have been many of these, too. In his latest book, renowned Scripture scholar erhard Lohfink asks, What is unique about Jesus of Nazareth, and what did he really want? Lohfink engages the perceptions of the first witnesses of his life and ministry and those who handed on their testimony. His approach is altogether historical and critical, but he agrees with Karl Barths statement that historical criticism has to be more critical.Lohfink takes seriously the fact that Jesus was a Jew and lived entirely in and out of Israels faith experiences but at the same time brought those experiences to their goal and fulfillment. The result is a convincing and profound picture of Jesus.
Surrender is the true story of the vocation of an American Jesuit priest, accused by the Soviet era K.G.B. of being a Vatican spy, who survived fifteen years of hard labor in Siberian prison camps. Father Walter Ciszek not only survived but learned to surrender to God’s Providence.
Surrender is a narrative digest book based entirely on Father Ciszek’s two books: With God in Russia, (1964), published one year after his release from Russia, and his second book, He Leadeth Me, (1973), published nine years later. Surrender interweaves these two books and telescopes the most dramatic events of Father Ciszek’s vocation and steadfast fidelity to that calling through the crucible of unjust imprisonment following the end of World War II.
The profound insights of Father Ciszek’s second book illuminate the grim facts of his first book. Surrender attempts to highlight the evolution of spiritual wisdom in He Leadeth Me, embedded in the harsh events depicted in With God in Russia. Hopefully, through the relative brevity of Surrender, the major chords of Father Ciszek’s heroic embrace of God’s Providence in the most extreme conditions will resonate. The reason why Father Ciszek’s cause for Canonization, the process of declaration of Sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church, is currently proceeding should be abundantly evident.
Surrender describes not the triumph of human will-power but the freedom of total dependence on God. The paradox of power to love is only born in the powerlessness of surrender of self-will to God’s Providence.
Written by: Seamus Dockery
- by Christianna McCausland
Loyola has long been known for its high academic standards. But the College is equally concerned with ensuring that its students continue to learn well outside the classroom. Loyola’s Jesuit educational philosophy insists that the College create an environment that shapes leaders and thinkers for the next generation, not only through its curricula, but through events, services and the example set by College leadership. An enduring commitment to social justice has led to enumerable programs that engage students and make them keenly aware of issues facing their local and global communities. Now, Loyola is turning its attention to what is rapidly becoming a primary frontier of social change: the environment.
Read the full article from the Spring 2008 edition of Loyola Magazine
The paperless initiative began with the creation of the Paperless University Project. However since this project’s inception, the concept of paperless has expanded greatly throughout the university. With increased awareness of environmental concerns and technlogical advances, employees have explored and implemented their own ideas to support the initative. Technology services has been on the forefront of offering and supporting the latest tools. Department projects to aid in paper reduction, and more importantly in improving efficiencies, are implemented with Technology Services as a partner.
Tim Brown is the CEO and president of IDEO and frequently speaks about the value of design thinking and innovation to business people and designers around the world.
In his article “Thinking” he discusses this idea of design thinking, a “methodolgy that imbues the full spectrum of innovation activities with a human-centered design ethos,” and how it is the key for success in the business world.
Father Greg Boyle is a Jesuit who is the founder of Homeboy Industries. An organization that “serves at-risk and gang involved youth with a continuum of services and programs designed to meet their multiple needs, and runs four businesses that serve as job-training sites.”
This video shows Father Boyle working with these members of this organization.
In the New Yorker, author Adam Gopnick discusses the prison epidemic that exists in America today and goes into detail about how this epidemic should and how it can be stopped,which would result in beneficial outcomes for America and the goevrnment in reducing crime. According to Gopnick, he says that during the 60s and 70s, many believed that imprisonment was the best answer to reducing crime on the streets. Resulting in jailing numerous people for smaller offenses like drug related crimes and ponzi schemes. This idea proved not to be effective and has lingering effects today, costing the country millions of dollars and has left America with the highest incarceration rate in the world with nothing to show for it.
Gopnick says that rather trying to curb crime through incarceration and changing social patholgies, it must be done through “erecting small, annoying barriers to entry.” This is not the cure, however, but this “intercession of thousand of smaller sancties” who reduce both the rate of imprisonment and the plague of crime.
Stephanie George, sentenced to life in prison for possession of half a kilo of cocaine, is interviewed in an article written by John Tierney that questions what drug crimes should deserve prison time, as incarercation rates are increasing with no affect on the crime rate.
“Over the past three decades of stricter drug laws, reduced parole and rigid sentencing rules have lengthened prison terms and more than tripled the percentage of Americans behind bars.” This state spending on corrections and prisoners is cutting into other important state budgets such as higher education. What are state officials doing to decrease crime but also reduce the incarceration rate? Tierney goes into depth about what state officials are working on to correct this problem.
An intriguing article about juvenille inmates facing long prison sentences and whether they deserve a second chance to patch their life back together. Scott Anderson writes about this debate through the story of Greg Ousley living in Indiana who killed both his parents at the age of 14 and is serving a 60 year prison sentence.
Greg who is in his early 30s now, is up for consideation for an early release. However, has he learned his lesson and changed his life around since serving his prison term or is he the same person he was 19 years ago when committing the heinous crime of murdering his parents.