Igniting Our Values
Igniting Our Values

April 4, Easter Saturday

Men and Women for Others

In his Holy Saturday reflection, Radmar Jao, SJ, reminds us of the importance of perspective by tying Pope Francis' oft-quoted observation about the origin of historic change to our final Jesuit/Ignatian value.

Easter Saturday Readings

GN 1:1—2:2
GN 22:1-18
EX 14:15—15:1
IS 54:5-14
IS 55:1-11
BAR 3:9-15, 32C4:4
EZ 36:16-17A, 18-28
ROM 6:3-11
MK 16:1-7



Daily Reflection

Out Here, On the Periphery
by Radmar Jao, SJ

After a period of waiting outside the tomb, the Easter Vigil readings take us on a sacred journey of our salvation history, from the creation of the world to Jesus’ resurrection. We are given the opportunity to stand at the periphery of our faith and see the bigger picture of God’s faithfulness and active presence in our everyday routine and encounters with one another.

Pope Francis has said, "I am convinced of one thing: the great changes in history are realized when reality is seen not from the center, where one’s viewpoint is equidistant from everything, but from the periphery."

This is what it means to be a man or woman for others: to stand in solidarity with those on the periphery of society, humbly providing the opportunity for them to be seen, to matter, to know that their life story has value as they wait outside the tomb. In so doing, we gain a deeper understanding of who we are, as God’s beloved creations, not alone, in isolation, but in relationship with and for one another.

We in the entertainment industry make visible that which is invisible by putting flesh on unique stories, giving them a human face or – even better – recognizing Christ’s face: in the suffering, in the tragedy, in the joy, in the comedy, in the fantasy, in the adventure, in the horror, or even in the very act of creating. What we do is sacramental; it is incarnational, for it shows us what it means to be truly human.

IGNITING OUR VALUES concludes tomorrow, yet let’s hope our exploration of Ignatian identity goes on! We will encounter the risen Lord throughout this Easter season, in our everyday routines, in relationships with and for each other. May each encounter with Christ be an opportunity to express the fundamental values we share as sons and daughters of St. Ignatius.

Aquí, en la periferia
Por: Radmar Jao, SJ

Después de un tiempo de espera fuera de la tumba, las lecturas de la Vigilia de Pascua nos llevan por el camino sagrado de nuestra historia de salvación, desde la creación del mundo hasta la resurrección de Jesús. Se nos da la oportunidad de situarnos en la periferia de nuestra fe y ver la imagen completa de la presencia activa y fiel de Dios en la rutina de nuestras vidas diarias y en el encuentro con los demás.

Papa Francisco ha dicho, “Estoy convencido de una cosa: Los grandes cambios en la historia, se realizan cuando la realidad es vista no desde el centro, donde el punto de vista de uno es equidistante a todo, sino desde la periferia.”

Esto es lo que significa ser un hombre o una mujer para los demás: mantener una actitud de solidaridad con aquellos que se encuentran en la periferia de la sociedad, facilitando humildemente oportunidades que permitan que ellos sean vistos, que sean tenidos en cuenta, que sepan que las historias de sus vidas son valoradas, mientras esperan fuera de la tumba. Haciendo esto, comprendemos más profundamente quién somos, como creaciones amadas de Dios, no solos, aislados, sino en relación con y para los demás.

Los que estamos en la industria del entretenimiento hacemos visible lo que es invisible, encarnando historias únicas, dándoles un rostro humano o – tal vez mejor – reconociendo el rostro de Cristo: en el sufrimiento, en la tragedia, en la alegría, en la comedia, en la fantasía, en la aventura, en el horror, o tal vez en el mismo acto de crear. Esto que hacemos es sacramental; es una encarnación, que nos muestra qué significa ser verdaderamente humanos.

Encendiendo Nuestros Valores concluye mañana, no obstante, ¡esperemos que nuestra exploración de la identidad Ignaciana continúe! Encontraremos al Señor resucitado a través de esta Pascua, en las rutinas diarias, en las relaciones con y para los demás. Que cada encuentro con Cristo sea una oportunidad para expresar los valores fundamentales que compartimos como hijos e hijas de San Ignacio.

Radmar Jao, SJ, was ordained a Jesuit priest in June 2011. He is based in Los Angeles, California, where he ministers to people who work in the entertainment industry (as a professional actor) as well as working with young adults through Christus Ministries. He is passionate about Ignatian spirituality and young adult ministry. He enjoys running, hiking, cooking, watching movies, good conversations and people who make him laugh.


God, Father of Jesus,
you are with those at the center
and those at the margins.
Help us to be there too.
Help us to wait with those who wait,
journey with those who journey
and then rise with those who rise.
In your beloved Son you show us how to be fully human;
give us the courage to become fully human too.
Dying for others and rising in you,
this is the path of Jesus,
the Way,
our way too.


I saw the opening maw of hell,
With endless pains and sorrows there;
Which none but they that feel can tell—
Oh, I was plunging to despair.

In black distress, I called my God,
When I could scarce believe him mine,
He bowed his ear to my complaints—
No more the whale did me confine.

With speed he flew to my relief,
As on a radiant dolphin borne;
Awful, yet bright, as lightening shone
The face of my Deliverer God.

My song for ever shall record
That terrible, that joyful hour;
I give the glory to my God,
His all the mercy and the power.
: Herman Melville

There is no death! the stars go down
To rise upon some other shore,
And bright in Heaven’s jeweled crown,
They shine for ever more.
: John L. McCreery

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
: Mary Elizabeth Frye


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