Igniting Our Values
Igniting Our Values

March 12, Thursday

Service of Faith and the Promotion of Justice

We’re fortunate to have two reflections today. Our first contributor, Joy Dinaro, the director of social ministries at Immaculate Conception Church in downtown Albuquerque, takes a deeply personal approach to our Ignatian value.

Our second contributor, Carlos Aedo, the director of Hispanic ministry of The Jesuit Collaborative, notes the passage of an entire generation since GC 32 and challenges us to take a critical look at the Jesuit mission’s progress.

T. Schmalz

Scripture Readings

Sunday Readings - Week 3

EX 20:1-17
1 COR 1:22-25
JN 2:13-25



A procedural note: our reflections and prayers will refer to the Sunday readings for the week, not the daily readings.

Daily Reflection

Full Circle
by Joy E.C. Dinaro

God has led me back to where I started, to a place where I never thought I would be. My journey began at a Jesuit liberal arts college when I was 18, and now, 18 years later, I am blessed with being the director of social ministries at a Jesuit parish in downtown Albuquerque. This is not at all where I expected to end up, but I am so grateful to be here!

I did a lot of service work in high school, but I consider my journey of ministry to have begun at College of the Holy Cross, where we were encouraged from day one to be “men and women for others.” I joined the school’s Pax Christi chapter in my freshman year and remained active until I graduated. I found that, within a supportive community, I could do things far beyond my comfort zone, including asking my fellow students to sign petitions and participating in protests in downtown Worcester and at the School of the Americas. Between Holy Cross and beginning my current position at Immaculate Conception Church in Albuquerque, I served in a variety of settings that shaped who I am and how I approach social justice ministry today.

If I had not begun my journey of ministry grounded in the Holy Cross Pax Christi community and had I not had the opportunity to pray spontaneously with patients in a hospital setting or been asked to lead an Ignatian retreat with men in prison, I would not be able to face the challenge of promoting justice in a parish context in the same way that I am able to today. Because the journey has brought me to where I am, I rejoice, as the psalmist does, in God’s wisdom. I am so grateful that God has led me full circle, back to focusing on the service of justice in the light of my Catholic faith.

Círculo completo
Por: Joy E. C. Dinaro

Dios me ha llevado de vuelta al comienzo, a un lugar que nunca pensé que volvería. Mi viaje comenzó en un Colegio de artes liberales Jesuita, cuando tenía 18 años, y ahora, 18 años más tarde, tengo la bendición de ser directora de ministerios sociales en la parroquia Jesuita, en el centro de la ciudad de Albuquerque. Esto no es, en absoluto, donde yo pensé que terminaría, ¡pero estoy tan agradecida de estar aquí!

Hice mucho trabajo de servicio en el Colegio Secundario, pero considero que mi camino de ministerio comenzó en el College of The Holy Cross, donde fuimos alentados desde el primer día, a ser “hombres y mujeres para otros.” Formé parte del capítulo Pax Christi del colegio, comenzando el primer año y me mantuve activa hasta mi graduación. Llegué a la conclusión de que contando con el apoyo de la comunidad, podría hacer cosas mucho más allá de mi zona de confort, incluyendo pedir a mis compañeros de estudios firmar peticiones y participar en manifestaciones en el centro de la ciudad deWorcester y en la Escuela de las Américas. Entre Holy Cross y el comienzo de mi cargo actual, en la Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción, en Albuquerque, serví en una variedad de circunstancias que moldearon quién soy y como enfoco hoy, el ministerio de la justicia social.

Si no hubiese comenzado mi camino de ministerio bien fundado en la comunidad de Pax Christi en Holy Cross, no hubiera tenido la oportunidad de rezar espontáneamente con pacientes en un hospital, o haber sido a quien pidieron que condujera un retiro Ignaciano con hombres en la prisión, no podría enfrentar el desafío de promover la justicia en el contexto de la parroquia de la misma manera que soy capaz de hacerlo hoy. Porque el camino me ha conducido donde estoy, me alegro, como el salmista se regocija en la sabiduría de Dios. Estoy muy agradecida a Dios por haberme guiado hasta completar el círculo, vuelta a enfocarme en el Servicio de la Justicia a la luz de mi fe católica.

Joy Dinaro is a suburban Boston native who has lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for over four years. Joy and her husband Enzo got married in 2013, are expecting their first child in April 2015, and have two puppy brothers named Duke and Reed! Joy loves the Red Sox, reading and the ocean. Joy is grateful every day for her ministry as director of social ministries at Immaculate Conception Church, the Jesuit parish in downtown Albuquerque.

Forty Years and Forty Days
by Carlos Aedo

Forty years ago, when gathered at their 32nd General Congregation, the Jesuits proclaimed that service of faith and the promotion of justice are two facets of the same mission.

One full generation has heard this proclamation of mission. A generation has seen the fruits of this mission brought to life. For forty years, lay people around the world have taken up this mission. Our Pope himself says that he, too, is part of this mission.

In the Gospel, John ends the story by saying that many people believed after having seen what Jesus did. What have we done in the forty years since GC32? What has Jesus done through us? How fruitful have we been in our mission? Have people turned to God in the light of what they have seen us do?

There is no doubt that we have found consolations and desolations in the last forty years. However, we should not forget that we are in Lent. In these forty days we are offered a special opportunity to ask for the grace to let ourselves be transformed by God to live our mission of faith and justice.

A generation ago, Jesuits saw the necessity of such transformation. They felt the need to reevaluate their attitudes, their models of traditional apostolic work and their institutions, and to adapt them to a rapidly changing world. Perhaps this is what we need to do today ... to examine and reevaluate, to ask for grace so that our service and promotion of justice — like Jesus’ — inspire others to believe in this mission.

Cuarenta años y cuarenta días
Por: Carlos Aedo

Cuarenta años atrás, en su 32ª Congregación General, los jesuitas establecieron que el servicio de la fe y la promoción de la justicia son dos facetas de una misma misión.

Una generación completa ha oído esta proclamación de misión y ha visto nacer los frutos de la misma. Durante cuarenta años esta misión ha sido llevada a cabo por laicos de todo el mundo. Papa Francisco nos dice que él mismo es parte de esta misión.

En el Evangelio, Juan finaliza la historia diciendo que muchos creyeron, después de haber visto lo que Jesús había hecho. ¿Qué hemos hecho nosotros en estos cuarenta años posteriores al 32aCG? ¿Qué ha hecho Jesús a través de nosotros? ¿Cuán fructíferos hemos sido en nuestra misión? ¿Hubo gente que buscó a Dios inspirados por nuestro ejemplo?

No hay dudas de que hemos encontrado consuelos y desconsuelos en los últimos cuarenta años. Sin embargo, no debemos olvidar que estamos en Cuaresma. Durante estos cuarenta días, se nos ofrece una oportunidad especial de pedir la gracia de permitirnos ser transformados por Dios, para vivir nuestra misión de fe y de justicia.

Una generación atrás, los jesuitas vieron la necesidad de dicha transformación. Sintieron la necesidad de replantear su posición, su modelo tradicional de trabajo apostólico y sus instituciones, para adaptarlos a un mundo rápidamente cambiante. Quizá esto sea lo que necesitamos hacer hoy. Examinar y reevaluar, pedir la gracia de que nuestro servicio y promoción de la justicia — como Jesús — inspire a otros a creer en esta misión.

Carlos Aedo is the director of Hispanic ministry of The Jesuit Collaborative (TJC). He is married and has two young daughters. Before joining TJC, he was Coordinator for Catechesis for Hispanics in the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut. Originally from Chile, he has training in theology, education, Ignatian spirituality and spiritual direction.


paintingGod of justice,
you know I want to help,
I want to serve,
I want to make a difference.
Ground me today in your love,
that all I want to do,
I will do for and with you,
for and with your people.
Keep me honest, Lord,
hold me close to your loving heart
so that all I experience today
I will treasure as a gift from you to be remembered,
to be shared
and to be nourished by.
Even those things that will cause me pain today,
help me see you in them.



One thing you know when you say it:
all over the earth people are saying it with you;
a child blurting it out as the seizures take her,
a woman reciting it on a cot in a hospital.
What if you take a cab through the Tenderloin:
at a street light, a man in a wool cap,
yarn unraveling across his face, knocks at the window;
he says, Please.
By the time you hear what he’s saying,
the light changes, the cab pulls away,
and you don’t go back, though you know
someone just prayed to you the way you pray.
Please: a word so short
it could get lost in the air
as it floats up to God like the feather it is,
knocking and knocking, and finally
falling back to earth as rain,
as pellets of ice, soaking a black branch,
collecting in drains, leaching into the ground,
and you walk in that weather every day.
: Ellery Akers

And so, seeking justice — bringing right order and exerting life-giving power to protect the vulnerable — does not begin at the threshold of abuse. Seeking justice begins with seeking God: our God who longs to bring justice; our God who longs to use us, every one of his children, to bring justice; our God who offers us the yoke of Jesus in exchange for things that otherwise leave us defeated.
: Bethany H. Hoang


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