Issue 2109

The Kalmyks: Buddhists of Europe

When we talk about traditional religions that have been rooted for centuries in Europe, obviously we think first of all about Christianity, Judaism, and also Islam. Buddhism is considered a religion of  South and East Asia: one immediately thinks of India, the birthplace of this religion, but also of China, Japan, Korea and their cultures, which seem quite exotic in the eyes of  Europeans. However, in Europe – if we mean Europe in a geographical sense, that is, as that part of the territory between the Atlantic Ocean in the west and the Caucasus and Ural mountains in the east...

By: Vladimir Pachkov, SJ

On Inner Abandonment - Canticle V

Jean-Joseph Surin (1600-65), a French Jesuit, was ordained priest in 1626. He taught in Rouen and Bordeaux and was an exorcist in Loudun. He was one of the great mystics of the 17th century. Many were influenced by him: from Bossuet to Fénelon, from Teresa of Lisieux to Raïssa Maritain. His works spread far and wide. They include The Spiritual Catechism, The Foundations of the Spiritual Life and Spiritual Canticles (1657).     I want to go out in the world, where I will live as a lost child. A wandering soul is my role, having abandoned all my goods....

By: Jean-Joseph Surin

Reading the Sighs and Signs of Our Times

The concept “signs of the times” was introduced into official Catholic terminology by Pope John XXIII in the 1961 apostolic constitution Humanae Salutis (HS): “We know that the sight of these evils so depresses the minds of some people that they see nothing but darkness, which they think entirely envelops the world. We, on the other hand, love to reaffirm our unshakable confidence in the divine Savior of the human race, who has by no means abandoned the mortals he has redeemed. On the contrary, following the admonitions of Christ the Lord, who exhorts us to interpret ‘the signs of...

By: Joseph Lobo, SJ
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