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Living the Mission

the Word

been woodworkers, artists, musicians,                       and good,” and it requires a certain way of seeing,
chefs, actors, teachers, lawyers, doc-                      knowing and acting in this world, attentive to how our
tors, astronomers, biologists, refugee                      experiences affect and shape us. Jesuit spirituality
workers, counselors, pilots, athletes,                      and education at its best gives us the tools to reflect
truck drivers, and farmers; the list goes                   on what that experience means in all its complicat-
on and on.                                                  ed beauty. We are then compelled to act upon that
                                                            knowledge out of a deeper sense of compassion
    This gives concrete expression to                       and justice, to go where the deep gladness and the
the oft-cited phrase of Jesuit spiritu-                     world’s deep hunger meet.
ality - to seek and find God in all things.
We take this very seriously. We do not                          In this issue of the Chronicle we have heard from
wait for people to come to our schools and churches         faculty, staff and alumni, in essence, describing how
so that we can then have a conversation about God.          this spirit has imbued his or her work and world-
No, we seek and find all the ways God is present and        view. Each one, in his or her unique way and con-
acting in all the nooks and crannies of creation. Then      sonant with their gifts, seeks and finds this magis, in
we go there.                                                response to one of the many deep hungers of the
                                                            world.
    This means that Jesuit spirituality is of a ‘worldly’
kind. What does that mean? It means our spiritu-                My own work here at Wheeling Jesuit involves
ality engages and rejoices in a world full of beauty,       me in several initiatives. I like to say, half jokingly, that
goodness and justice, and yet, at the same time, it         I have a dream job: “I keep a hand in the classroom
demands that the we seek out and find those places          (teaching theology), a hand in the soil (farming), and
and circumstances in our world marked by that which
is ugly, sad, evil and unjust. It is what I call a world
affirming spirituality that begins with the premise
that God created it all out of love and for goodness.
However, it calls us to examine this same world with
academic rigor, shedding light on this good but com-
plicated world. If anything, a student should emerge
from an academic course thinking, “wow, the world
is a lot more complex than I originally thought!” As
I often say, “the world is messy but it is still beautiful

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