The intersection of mission and antiracism is an important place for us to continue to develop, reflect, and act—both individually and collectively. Current students, faculty, and staff of AJCU institutions are invited to join AJCU partners in reading and discussing The Spiritual Work of Racial Justice: A Month of Meditations with Ignatius of Loyola by Patrick Saint-Jean, S.J.
Through reading this book, participants will explore personal and professional connections to our Jesuit, Catholic mission and racial justice. Participants should be willing to reflect daily and are encouraged to journal as part of this process. We will gather in community to share the fruits of our reflections over four virtual, live sessions. (No prior experience with antiracism work or Ignatian Spirituality is required.)
To join, you must be available for all 4 sessions (listed in Central Time):
- Tuesday January 18th 7-8 pm
- Tuesday February 8th 7-8 pm
- Tuesday March 29th 7-8 pm
- Tuesday April 19 7-8 pm
(*8-9 pm Eastern, 6-7 pm Mountain Time, and 5-6 pm Pacific)
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Book Review: “Even though the Exercises occurs in four movements or weeks, they may take longer than a calendar month or year to truly absorb and pray over. The point of the Spiritual Exercises is not to wallow in our own sins or focus on the ways we have failed Jesus. The point is to encounter Jesus, grow closer to Jesus, and follow Jesus. So when we sit at the feet of our crucified Jesus, and follow Jesus. So when we sit at the feet of our crucified Jesus we ask “What have I done for Christ? What am I doing for Christ? What will I do for Christ: If Christ’s face is that of someone who is experiencing the pain of racism, will it change us? Saint-Jean offers a voice that is often missing. He invites us to be companion on the spiritual journey of reconciliation that racial justice requires. In this book, the reader will use the Spiritual Exercises as the framework for exploring the ways Christ calls us to the work of anti-racism. This book’s premise is that antiracism is not an optional aspect of the spiritual life, but rather that it is essential to becoming all that God calls us to be. The goal, however, is not that we will reach a state of antiracist perfection, for this is an ongoing process for our entire life. Engaging in antiracist work is not about perfection but rather a constant quest for grace to see each other as Christ sees us. It asks that we hold antiracism as an intentional aspiration each and every day.”
Dr. Eileen Quinn Knight Amazon book review July 24, 2021
More about the author, Patrick Saint-Jean, SJ, PsyD: Dr. Saint-Jean is a Jesuit Regent. He graduated from undergraduate education at the Universite Victor Segalen de Bordeaux in France and received his graduate degree in Psychoanalysis from the Parisian Ecole Lacanienne de Psychanalyse in Paris and his PsyD from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. Dr. Saint-Jean has studied, conducted research and worked in various countries. He completed his theological studies at Catholic Theological union in Chicago in 2019. In his free time, Dr. Saint-Jean enjoys talking with friends an family, writing on social justice issues and watching sports among many other things.