Seen on the web: Evidently, a few good Catholic Jesuits still remain

Posted By Liam | Saturday, June 26, 2010 09:31:35 AM

In 2007 I was in the neighborhood. Through volunteer work with New York Cares I found myself in the basement of the Church of St Francis Xavier one Sunday morning preparing food for a portion of Manhattan’s hungry, and, lo and behold, caught a glimpse of that good fellow Jesus. Shortly thereafter I saw him again in the upper room (Xavier’s Mary Chapel), somewhere in the warmth of the small group of parishioners gathered for 7:45 a.m. weekday Mass, in Fr George’s sharing of Arrupe’s prayer, ”Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything” and of Rahner’s understanding of the fundamental option, somewhere also in Fr Rocco’s dynamic preaching, and later still in the quizzical air of Fr Peter’s narrow-eyed response to my desire to confess and live as a Catholic: ”Well, how evil have you been?” You must watch out for these Jesuits. You see, they will help reel you in from the deep and plant you in a new field, and in Xavier’s case, plant you in very good company.

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