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Spreading the Word in the Digital Age By Fr. Paul Coelho, SJ, and Fr. James Prehn, SJ

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n the 17th century, the French Jesuits found themselves in the crosshairs of philosopher and theologian, Blaise Pascal. He wrote his now-famous Lettres provinciales targeting what he felt was the moral laxity of Jesuit theology. It was another iteration of the accusation against the Society of Jesus preaching “cheap grace,” to which most Jesuits would respond that grace isn’t cheap, it’s free. However, the French Jesuits responding to Pascal’s attacks wrote dry, academic ripostes whose tediousness failed to persuade any readers, and Pascal shrewdly carried public opinion in painting the Society with some unflattering colors. One might conclude that we learned our lesson in that debacle from the 1650s, and young Jesuits now utilize modern forms of social media to communicate the Gospel in more persuasive manners. An example of this forward-thinking approach is The Jesuit Post, a blog written and maintained by a group of Jesuit scholastics who cover contemporary culture. Many younger Jesuits have personal blogs that they use to preach to peers; in A Jesuit’s Journey, Ryan Duns reflects on a variety of social, theological, philosophical, and even musi-

cal occasions. The most visited portions of his blog are YouTube videos instructing the viewer in how to play a tin whistle. While a critic might claim that such videos have

...the Holy Father explicitly asked us at the last General Congregation to continue to take the Gospel to the frontiers of society. Social media is one step in the right direction. nothing to do with the Gospel, it can be argued that it is the kind of hook that may open an otherwise disinterested person to hear Jesus’ Good News. In fact, Ryan’s blog and videos have led many men to learn more about the Society. It is fair to say that in terms of temperament and interest, it is hard to describe a typical Jesuit. Our interests expressed in social media

A Call to Vision

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by Don Doll, S.J MAGIS productions u

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By Don Doll, S.J. A Jesuit’s Perspective on the World

Fr. Paul Coelho, SJ Vocations Director, Wisconsin Province Phone: 414-937-6949 vocations@jesuitswisprov.org Fr. James Prehn, SJ Vocations Director, Chicago-Detroit Province Phone: 773-975-6363 vocations@jesuits-chgdet.org For more information about joining the Jesuits, visit: www.thinkjesuit.org

ather Don Doll, SJ, celebrates 50 years of award-winning photography in his new book, A Call to Vision: A Jesuit’s Perspective on the World. One hundred and eighty-eight black-and-white and color images are complemented by brief personal reflections that detail Fr. Doll’s “vocation within a vocation” as a Jesuit photographer. Through his lens we journey from the Native American Reservations in South Dakota to Jesuit Refugee Service sites in Sri Lanka and Uganda to locations across the globe where Jesuits are serving the greatest need. Along the way we are invited to see the world and her people as God urges—with love and compassion. Father Doll has lived and worked at Creighton University since 1969, where he is a professor of journalism and holds the Charles and Mary Heider Jesuit Chair. His work has been featured in National Geographic and eight Day in the Life of . . . books. The third and final book in his Vision series, A Call to Vision, was recently featured in the New York Times and is available from Creighton University Press and Magis Productions online at http://www.magisproductions.org/order-book or by calling 402-280-3035. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Vision Quest Endowment Fund supporting Native American scholarships and the Jesuit Refugee Service. Bulk orders and pricing available. If you would like more information about joining the Jesuits, go to: http://www.jesuit.org or scan the qr code with your smart phone

A Call to Vision

focus on predictable things like theology, but also on athletics, humor, history, and politics. No doubt, in one sitting you will be able to read one Jesuit’s opinions and be alternately edified and infuriated. Thus has it always been, and it is arguably what the Church expects of us. Indeed, the Holy Father explicitly asked us at the last General Congregation to continue to take the Gospel to the frontiers of society. Social media is one step in the right direction.

Profile for USA Midwest Province Jesuits

Partners Spring 2013  

Partners is a publication of the Chicago-Detroit Midwest Jesuits

Partners Spring 2013  

Partners is a publication of the Chicago-Detroit Midwest Jesuits

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